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Coming to an agreement

If you and the other party have been able to come to an agreement - great! You should put the terms of the agreement in writing. If a case has been started in court, you may also need to let the court know about the agreement.

If you and the other party have not been able to agree on how to solve the problem, you need to consider what to do next.

    ​Putting​​​​ an agreement in writing

    If you and the other party have solved the problem or agreed to settle a claim or dispute before a case is started in a court or tribunal, you can write out an agreement and you can both sign it. 

    The agreement can be put in the form of a 'Deed of Release'. This is a formal document that sets out the terms of the agreement.

    You should make sure that the agreement covers everything it needs to end the dispute. For example:

    • If one of the parties have agreed to pay money: include information about how often the payments are to be made, how much they will be for, how much interest has been agreed on and what is the final date for the last payment, what will happen if the payments are not made.
    • If items are to be returned or replaced: include information about the date and time when this must happen, where the item must be returned to, who it will be given to, what will happen if the deadline passes without the item being returned.

    For more information about preparing a Deed of Release, see Agreements and settlements.

    Before you sign any agreement, you should get legal advice.

     If you have a family law case, although you and the other party may be able to negotiate any agreement you come to, the agreement may need to be formalised in a specific way. You should get legal advice about your family law matter.

    Stopping a court case

    If you and the other party reach an agreement after a case is started in a court or tribunal, you will need to stop the case. You may be able to do this by writing and filing 'Terms of Settlement' and/or 'Consent Orders'.

    Terms of Settlement is a document that records how the parties have agreed to settle a case. The terms of settlement might say that a consent order or judgment will be given, or a Notice of Discontinuance will be filed.

    Consent Orders are orders agreed to by both parties. They set out what will be done to settle the case. The Consent Orders can be filed at the registry of the court or tribunal, or handed to the judge, magistrate or tribunal member, and then an Order will be made.

    Consent Orders are generally easier to enforce than an agreement as they have the same effect as a decision of the court.

    For more information, see Agreements and settlements.

    What happens if you cannot come to an agreement

    If you and the other​ party do not reach an agreement by yourselves, you can try mediation or another form of alternative dispute resolution. 

    For more information, see Mediation.

    If your case is about:

    • a claim for money, see the Debt topic of this website.
    • a claim for damage arising out of a car accident, see the Car accidents topic of this website.
    • a claim for goods, see the Recovery of goods topic of this website.
    • a dispute with your neighbour about a dividing fence, see the Fences topic of this website.

    If you are considering making a claim in a court or tribunal, get legal advice