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What can they claim?

There is a limit on the value of a plaintiff's claim depending on which court they go to. This topic is about cases in the Small Claims Division of the Local Court which deals with claims for $10,000 or less. However, this amount does not include any additional expenses that the plaintiff can ​claim such as interest.

This page has information on what the plaintiff may claim in the statement of claim.​

    ​Pleadings and particulars

    Under the heading pleadings and particulars on the statement of claim, the plaintiff will set out the reasons for their claim.

    For example:

    • ​​​money lent and not repaid
    • goods or services provided and not paid for
    • goods loaned and not returned
    • motor vehicle damaged in a car accident.

    If the claim is about a car accident, see Example pleadings and particulars – car accidents​. 

    Damages

    Damages usually means compensation for loss suffered. In the relief part of the statement of claim, the plaintiff can ask for a sum of money that you should pay them to cover their loss. For example, a plaintiff might claim $4,000 in damages for the cost of repairing a car after an accident.

    Interest 

    The interest included on the statement of claim form is called 'pre-judgment interest'. The plaintiff can only claim pre-judgment interest from you if the amount of the original claim is $1,000 or more.

    There are two kinds of pre-judgment interest: 

    1. ​Interest based on an agreement between you and the plaintiff.
      The most common example is a loan agreement where the borrower agreed to pay interest on the loan at a certain interest rate.  
    2. ​Interest based on the court rules.This applies when there has been no agreement between you and the plaintiff about the payment of interest. 

    The plaintiff can claim pre-judgment interest from the date they say the money should have been paid up to the date when they filed their statement of claim. You can check the rates of pre-judgment interest on the Local ​Court website. 

    Filing and service fees

    The plaintiff will have to pay a fee to file a statement of claim, and there may also be fees for serving the statement of claim on you.   

    The plaintiff can claim these costs back from you in their statement of claim. You can find a list of current court fees and court interest rates on the Local ​​Court​ website.

    Lawyer's fees

    If the plaintiff is represented by a lawyer, and you lose the case, you will probably have to pay costs.

    Costs can also be awarded against a party if they do anything that causes a delay. 

    In the Small Claims Division of the Local Court there is a limit on the amount of lawyer's costs you can be ordered to pay. As at 1 July 2017, these costs (including GST) are: 

    Amount of Claim

    Maximum costs

    $0.01-$1,000

    $401.28​

    $1,000.01-$5,000

    $601.92

    $5,000.01-$10,000

    $802.56