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Superior Court Bankruptcy & Insolvency Statistics

Bankruptcy ends more litigation and trials than it creates.  In fact, bankruptcy should be considered as a possible defence in every case.

Here are some Ontario Superior Court of Justice bankruptcy and insolvency statistics.

The statistics reinforce how niche bankruptcy and insolvency litigation before the Courts is.

Proceedings commenced:

  • An average of 162 proceedings commenced each year in Superior Court over the past 5 years.
  • 0.2% of all proceedings commenced in Superior Court are bankruptcy and insolvency, making this a very niche practice area.

Set downs and pre-trial conferences:

  • On average, 1 case set down for trial each year in recent years.
  • On average, 3 pre-trial conference each year, suggesting cases are pre-tried multiple times.

Bankruptcy and insolvency trials:

  • 1.66 trials per year over the past 6 years.
  • Accounts of 0.09% of all Superior Court trials over the past 6 years.
  • Trials are always non-Jury / Judge alone.

Source: Ministry of the Attorney General

For advice on bankruptcy and insolvency matters, please contact Richard Howell

Hassell Trial Counsel
111 Greensides Ave
Toronto, Ontario M6G 3P8


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