The Disputes Tribunal is quicker, cheaper and less formal than court. You can use the Tribunal to settle small claims up to $30,000.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, local courthouses are only open to essential services and will not be accepting physical Disputes Tribunal application documents for filing. However, during the lockdown period the ability to file a Disputes Tribunal application online will still remain.
• Any Disputes Tribunal applications received may not receive registry attention until after the lockdown period has concluded.
• All existing hearings scheduled to be heard during the Covid-19 lockdown period will not be proceeding. Parties will receive new Notices of Hearing from the Ministry once the lockdown period has been lifted.
The Disputes Tribunal isn't like a formal court. You usually represent yourself in a hearing - a lawyer can’t represent you, and there are no judges.
You can use the Disputes Tribunal to settle disputes involving small claims so you don't have to go to court.
You'll need to fill out a form plus pay a fee and give us specific information to make a claim.
What to do if you've gotten a notice of hearing that someone has made a claim against you in the Disputes Tribunal.
How to prepare for a hearing at the Disputes Tribunal and what happens at a hearing.
Fees to apply to the Disputes Tribunal depend on the amount the claim is for.
You can find a Disputes Tribunal at almost every District Court in New Zealand - they share the same contact details with the court.
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