Can I find out about the finances of someone who owes me money?
Question & AnswerCan I find out about the finances of someone who owes me money?
Because of COVID-19, the Small Claims Court has changed some of its processes. You can learn more in the question: How is Small Claims Court handling cases during COVID-19?
If you're the in a Small Claims Court case and you win, you become a . The person you sued becomes the .
If you aren't sure about the debtor's financial situation, you can ask for an examination hearing. In an examination hearing, the debtor gives information about their financial situation, , and ability to pay you and the court.
Both you and the debtor must attend the examination hearing.
Why you may want a hearing
You may need an examination hearing if:
- the debtor hasn't followed an order to pay what they owe
- you're thinking about filing an order for garnishment.
How to get a hearing
To get an examination hearing, complete:
You will also need a Certificate of Judgment if you want the examination hearing or in a different city than where the claim was issued. For example, you may want to do this if the person who owes you money has moved.
What happens at a hearing
At the examination hearing, the debtor will give you and the court information about their financial situation, assets, and ability to pay. The judge may make an order for payment at the hearing.
The debtor may be found in if:
- they don't attend the examination hearing, or
- they attend the hearing, but refuse to co-operate.
A person found to be in contempt of court can be sent to jail or fined.