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

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:


Apply online

It’s quickest and easiest to apply online

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Or file a claim by paper

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

Claim form [PDF, 737 KB]

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

Mail or deliver your claim to us

Postal address:
Ministry of Justice
CPU
SX10042
Wellington

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.

Find your local court (external link)

Get help

You can get help making a claim from:

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