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Attorney-General Doug Downey, seen here, says the changes take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press

Ontario is increasing the maximum claim that can be filed in small-claims court to $35,000.

The government says currently that any claim more than $25,000 has to proceed in the Superior Court of Justice.

The goal is to get cases resolved more quickly than in the higher courts, which can take years.

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It will also allow people to hire paralegals, law students or self-represent instead of spending money to hire a lawyer.

Attorney-General Doug Downey says the changes take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The claims limit of $25,000 has been in place since 2010, when it was increased from the previous $10,000.

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