Making a claim is also known as filing or lodging a claim.
It’s quickest and easiest to apply online
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.
You’ll need to give us 3 copies of the form and any other documents.
Mail or deliver your claim to us
Ministry of Justice
Or you can deliver your claim to your local District Court.
How to pay when you apply by paper form
- By post or courier: you must pay by cheque (made out to ‘Ministry of Justice’). Don’t send cash in the post.
- You can pay by EFTPOS, credit card or cash at your local court.
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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