If you want to start a case for a small claim, the first step is to complete a statement of claim form and file it in the Local Court. The statement of claim then needs to be served on (given to) the other party.
This section has information about how to prepare, file and serve a statement of claim.
If you start a case in court you are called the 'plaintiff'. The other party you are taking to court is called the 'defendant'.
The court process will cost you money, time and energy. Think about whether it is worth starting a case in court. For more information, see:
If you decide to start a case in court, you will need to:
To start a case in court you need to fill out a court document called a statement of claim, and file it at court.
For more information, see Completing a statement of claim - Step by step guide.
After you have filed your statement of claim at court, it needs to be served on the other party. There are different ways of serving a statement of claim depending on whether:
For more information, see Serving the statement of claim- Step by step guide.
Checklist: Starting your case