​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

​The decision

After both you and the plaintiff have presented your case, the magistrate or assessor will make a decision. They will give reasons for their decision. Usually the decision is made on the same day as the hearing.

Sometimes the decision of the magistrate or assessor is 'reserved'. This means that the magistrate or assessor needs some more time to consider all the evidence. The decision will be postponed to another day and the court will contact you when the decision has been made. ​

    If you win

    If you win, the court has decided in your favour. This means you do not owe any money to the plaintiff or you do not have to return any goods to the plaintiff. 

    The court may order that the plaintiff pay your legal costs. The court will usually make an order that costs are paid within 28 days of the date of the decision. 

    If you lose

    If you lose the case, do not argue with the magistrate or assessor. An order may be made that you also have to pay the plaintiff's legal costs. 

    The court will usually order that you:

    • ​​pay the money or
    • return goods

    and pay any legal costs awarded within 28 days of the date of the decision. 

    AlertIf you want to appeal the decision, you must do this within 28 days of the date of the decisi​on. You should get legal advice​ first.

    For more information, see Appeals and reviews

    If you pay the money or return the goods, the case will be finished. If you are not able to pay or return the goods straight away, you have the option of seeking more time. For more information, see After court.