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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.

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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