What are people going to trial for in Ontario?

Canada is a litigious country, 1 out of every 100 Canadians starts a civil legal proceeding each year (excluding family law).  3.6 out of every 10,000 Canadians will have a trial each year.

In Ontario before the Superior Court of Justice, 96.4% of civil cases are disposed of prior to trial and 3.6% of all civil proceedings wind up at trial.

Some highlights:

  • 2,156 trials in 2012.
  • 2,445 trials in 2013.
  • 2,672 trials in 2014.
  • 60% of all trials are personal injury; 45% MVA and 15% slip and fall or other.
  • 12% of trials are contract disputes.
  • Almost 6% of trials are collection matters.
  • Just over 5% of all employment cases started before the Ontario Superior Court end up at trial.
  • Just over 4% of trials are construction liens.
  • Roughly 3% of trials are real estate related.
  • Approximately 3% of trials are economic torts.
  • Trial in Small Claims Court is almost 3 times as likely as Superior Court.

Click on the link below for full details on Ontario Superior Court of Justice trial numbers:

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