The Disputes Tribunal is a quick and inexpensive way to settle disputes. 

The Disputes Tribunal is less formal than a court. A lawyer can’t represent you in the hearing and there are no judges. Each hearing is run by a referee who will consider whether it is appropriate to help parties reach a settlement on a case by case basis. Where this is not considered appropriate, the referee will make a decision on the dispute.

Laws that cover the Disputes Tribunal

The Tribunal is covered by the:

Disputes Tribunal Act 1988(external link)

Disputes Tribunals Rules 1989(external link)

The Tribunal replaced the Small Claims Courts in 1988.

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