​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 defendant have presented your case at the hearing, the magistrate or assessor will make a decision. Usually the de​cision is made on the sa​me 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 made a judgment in your favour. 

    If your claim is for money, the amount of money you are owed is called the judgment debt. You are now called the judgment creditor and the defendant becomes the judgment debtor. 

    The court will order the other party to pay you the money or return the goods you claimed as well as any interest, filing and service fees you have claimed.  The judgment takes effect immediately when it is made. Sometimes, the court can set a date for when money should be paid or when goods should be returned. 

    If the other party does not pay all of the judgment debt within 28 days of the date of the judgment, you can claim interest on the unpaid amount of the judgment debt until it is paid. This is called 'post judgment interest'. 

    If the other party does not pay the judgment or return goods, you can take steps to force them to follow the judgment. This is called enforcement. For more information, see Enforcement

    If you lose

    If you lose the case, do not argue with the magistrate or assessor. 

    An order may be made that you have to pay the other party's legal costs. 

    If you want to appeal the decision, you should get legal advice. An appeal must be filed within 28 days of the date of the decision. 

    For more information, see Appeals and reviews.