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After the decision​​

This page has information about what happens after the Local Court or the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) makes a decision about your case. 

    ​​What if I mis​sed ​the hearing?

    In the Local Court

    If orders were made in the Local Court without you being there, you may be able to make an annulment application. This means the orders would be set aside and there would be a new hearing.

    An annulment application must be made within two years of the date the orders were made. If you missed the hearing, you should get legal advice straight away.

    In the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

    If orders were made by NCAT without you being there, you may be able to make an application to set aside the orders. This means that the orders would be set aside and there would be a new hearing.

    You must pay a filing fee of $101 (as at 1 July 2017). If you cannot pay this fee you can ask for the fee to be waived (not charged) or postponed (paid later).

    You should make this application within seven days from when the orders were made by NCAT. If it is more than seven days from when the orders were made and you want to make an application to set aside a decision you should get legal advice. NCAT is able to extend the time for an application.

    For more information, go to the NCAT website. If you want to make an application to set aside, you should get legal advice.

    Appeals

    Appeal from the Local Court

    You may be able to appeal a decision of the Local Court. Any appeal must be filed within 28 days of the decision.

    If you want to appeal a decision of the Local Court, you should get legal advice.

    Appeal from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)

    If you are unhappy with a decision of NCAT you may be able to appeal to the appeals panel of NCAT. In some cases you will have to seek leave (permission) to appeal.

    You must pay a filing fee of $414 (as at 1 July 2017). If you cannot pay this fee you can ask for the fee to be waived (not charged) or postponed (paid later).

    The appeal must be filed with NCAT:

    • within 28 days after you were notified of the decision or
    • within 28 days after you were given reasons for the decision,

    whichever is later.

    Icon: HintIf you were not given a written statement of reasons for the decision by NCAT, you can ask for a written statement of reasons within 28 days after you are notified of the NCAT decision. The written statement of reasons should explain NCAT's decisions on the facts, the law and how the tribunal member came to the decision.  

    For more information on appealing including fees and the appeal form, go to the NCAT website. You should get legal advice if you think you want to appeal.

    If you are unhappy with the decision of the appeals panel you may be able to appeal to the Supreme Court of NSW. An appeal to the Supreme Court must be filed within 28 days of the date of the appeals panel decision.

    If you want to appeal from a decision of the appeals panel you should get legal advice.

    What if the orders are not followed? 

    After Fencing Orders are made, both neighbours should follow the orders. If either neighbour does not follow the orders, there are things that can be done to enforce the decision.   

    ​​Case study - Amal and KaterinaCase study icon

    Amal and Katerina have not been able to agree on what type of fence should divide their properties. Amal made an application to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) for a Fencing Order. The tribunal member made orders that Amal arrange for a steel fence to be put up between their properties at a cost of $2000.

    Amal was to pay the fencing contractor when the work was finished, and Katerina was supposed to pay Amal half the cost at the same time. The fencing work has been completed, and Amal has paid the fencing contractor, but Katerina is refusing to pay Amal her half of the cost of the new fence.​

    ​​The steps you or your neighbour need to take to enforce a decision will depend on whether that decision was made by NCAT or the Local Court.

    Alert Icon ​Before you pay for expensive fencing work, think about whether your neighbour is likely to have the money or assets to pay for their share. Before you start proceedings t​o enforce a debt, you should get legal advice.

    For answers to commonly asked questions, see Frequently Asked Questions​. ​

    Case in the Local Court or Local Land Board

     

    Further info​​​rmatio​n

    Local Courts ​NSW

    NCAT