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Consent judgment or order

If you and the plaintiff come to an agreement about the case, you can ask the court to make orders based on your agreement. This is called a consent judgment or order.

To find out how to apply for a consent judgment or order, follow the steps in the guide on this page. 

Icon: Page with numbered listConsent judgment or order - Step by step guide​​ 

​Step 1: Negotiate an agreement 

Your agreement should include:

  • ​​the amount that you will pay to the plaintiff and how it will be paid if the claim is about money
  • what goods will be returned and when they will be returned if the claim is about goods.

Your agreement should also deal with the payment of legal costs. You may agree that one party will pay costs of the other or that each party will pay their own costs. 

Step 2: Get the form 

You need one form:

  • ​Form 44 – Consent judgment/order.

You can get blank copies of the ​form from:  

You can also complete and file this form online using the NSW Online​ Registry​.

Step 3: Fill out the form 

You can fill out your form:

  • ​​​by completing it on your computer
  • by printing the form and completing it in blue or black pen.

To fill in the form you will need to have the following information ready:

  • ​​​the case number - you will find this on your sealed copy of the statement of claim, which is the copy that was served on you
  • details of all the parties in the case 
  • details of the settlement agreement. 

When you have finished filling out the form you need to sign it. The plaintiff also needs to sign the form to show that they agree to the judgment. The signatures do not need to be witnessed.  It is useful to send or show a draft of the form to the plaintiff before you sign the form, in case they ask for any changes.

Instructions: Instructions for filling out consent judgment/order.

Sample: 

Step 4: File the form 

Once you have both signed the consent judgment/order form, either you or the plaintiff will need to take or send the form and two copies to the same local court where the statement of claim was filed. There is no filing fee. 

The court will keep the original and return sealed (stamped) copies to you. 

You do not have to formally serve a copy of the form on the other party, but you should send them one of the sealed copies.

Once there is a consent judgment or order, if you do not do what the judgment or order says you must do, the plaintiff can take steps to enforce the judgment against you. For more information, see If you don't pay.