Making a claim is also known as filing or lodging a claim.

Apply online

It’s quickest and easiest to apply online

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When you apply online your application will be sent straight to the Disputes Tribunal Team who will confirm your application and schedule a hearing.

  • no need to visit a court until your hearing
  • you can upload any additional documents online
  • we will contact you directly if any additional information is needed.

Or file a claim by paper

You'll need to fill in and send us the Disputes Tribunal claim form.

Claim form [PDF, 222 KB]

You’ll need to give us 3 copies of the form and any other documents.

If you need any assistance please use the guide to filing a claim form [PDF, 164 KB] to help you. The guide has also been translated into the following languages;

Mail or deliver your claim to us

Postal address:
Ministry of Justice

Or you can deliver your claim to your local District Court.

How to pay when you apply by paper form

  • You can pay by EFTPOS, credit card or cash at your local court.

Find your local court(external link)

Get help

You can get help making a claim from:

You usually need to make a claim within 6 years after the event that caused the dispute. If you can't make the claim within 6 years, you should talk with a lawyer.

If you can’t afford a lawyer you may be able to get:

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