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.
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;
- Te Reo guide to filing a claim form [PDF, 197 KB]
- Samoan guide to filing a claim form [PDF, 168 KB]
- Tongan guide to filing a claim form [PDF, 221 KB]
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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