If you have received a claim document called an originating claim (OC), it means that a party (the claimant) has started a civil claim against you (the defendant).
An OC is a formal document addressed to you, requiring you to attend court if you wish to dispute the claimant's claims.
You should also read the OC to find out:
This section describes the civil process for the following cases:
The following flowchart provides a quick overview of the progress of a typical case. It does not apply where the Court orders the parties to file and exchange affidavits or evidence-in-chief after pleadings have been filed and served but before any production and exchange of documents.
Respond to an OC
Understand the possible ways you can respond to a OC.
Prepare the case for trial
The most common step after the close of pleadings is the discovery and inspection of documents. At discovery, parties are expected to disclose to each other documentary evidence.
The court may direct parties to attend a pre-trial conference relating to the matters arising in the action or proceedings.
File an interlocutory application, if needed
In further preparation of a case for trial, either party may also file interlocutory applications with the court. This is done by filing a summons, which should usually be supported by an affidavit.
Attend court for post-trial matters
The court will decide the amount of costs such as fees, charges, disbursements, expenses and remuneration payable between parties after court proceedings conclude.