The Small Claims Court Is in Session!


The Small Claims Court Is in Session!

Duration: 60 min.
Suggested level: Secondary Cycle Two
Subject: Culture and Citizenship in Québec, Anglais, langue seconde, Law, Financial Education, English Language Arts


Students stage a mock civil trial between a consumer and a business. They discover the various players involved and experience what a trial is like in this court.

Pedagogical objectives

  • Learn about the rights of consumers.
  • Learn about the resolution of disputes through the legal system.
  • Understand how Small Claims Court works.

Subjects and subject-specific competencies

Culture and Citizenship in Québec

Secondary IV

Cultural realities and compulsory main concepts: Justice and the law - Legal and judicial institutions.

Compulsory specific concepts, and related topics and examples: Mediation, Process of a court case.

  • Competency 2: Reflects on ethical questions:
    • Engages in dialogue:
      • Uses methods to support own ideas.
      • Creates conditions conducive to interaction.

Broad areas of learning

  • Citizenship and Community Life:
    • Promotion of the rules of social conduct and democratic institutions
    • Adoption of a culture of peace
  • Career Planning and Entrepreneurship:
    • Familiarity with the world of work, social roles and occupations and trades.

Cross-curicular competencies

  • Using information:
    • Gathering information and putting it to use
  • Solving problems:
    • Analyzing the components of a problem
    • Testing possible solutions
  • Exercising critical judgment:
    • Forming his/her opinion and comparing it to other opinions
    • Managing his/her communication process
  • Using the appropriate mode of communication

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External pedagogical ressources

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Requires 30 minutes preparation by students.