​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 |

Being chased for goods

This section sets out the steps you can follow if someone is chasing you for goods. ​​​

    Talk to the o​ther p​​​erson

    If someone is chasing you for goods, you should speak to them about the situation. You could try

    • negotiation
    • mediation.

    It is often worthwhile trying to resolve the issue without going to court, as court can be expensive and time consuming.

    For more information, see Talk to the other person.

    Send a letter

    If you have tried to speak to the person who is chasing you for the goods but you have not been successful or you cannot contact them, you could try sending them a letter.

    For more information, see Send a letter.

    Responding to a Statement of Claim

    If you receive a Statement of Claim from the Local Court, this means the other person has started court action:

    • to get their goods back
    • get you to pay money for the value of the goods
    • to get you to pay damages for their loss of the use of the goods.

    Alert iconWhen you get a Statement of Claim you have 28 days to respond. You should act quickly and get legal advice.

    For more information on how to respond to a Statement of Claim, see Responding to a Statement of Claim.

    What to do if there is a judgment against you

    If you do not file a defence in time, the plaintiff can ask the court to make an order for judgment against you. This is called a default judgment. 

    You can apply to a court to have a default judgment set aside.

    For more information see Setting aside default judgment.

    Defending a case in court

    If you file a defence, the court will notify you that you need to attend a Pre Trial Review, where a registrar or magistrate will see if your case can settle (that is, if you and the plaintiff can come to an agreement to end the dispute) and if not, what needs to happen to get ready for the hearing. If your case doesn't settle, you will have to go to a hearing, where a magistrate or assessor will make a decision in your case. 

    For more information, see Defended cases.

    Appeals and reviews

    If a judicial officer, such as a registrar, magistrate or assessor, made a decision about your case, you may be able to apply for a review or appeal the decision. If you do not agree with a decision made by the court you may be able to apply for a review or appeal the decision.

    Alert iconAny application for review or appeal must be made within 28 days of the decision.

    For more information, see Appeals and reviews.

    Legal costs

    If you are involved in a legal case, you may have to pay some costs. If you lose your case, and the plaintiff has a lawyer, you may have to pay some of their legal fees. If you have a lawyer, you may also be able to claim legal fees back if you win, but the amount you can claim is limited.

    For more information, see Legal costs.

    Responding to enforcement action

    If the court makes a judgment against you and you do not return the goods, the plaintiff can take steps to make you return the goods or pay for their value. This is called 'enforcement'.

    For more information and step by step guides on how to respond to enforcement, see Responding to enforcement action.

    Case study

     Case study - Javad and the motor bike

    Javad's brother in law, Luke, asked if he could store his old motorbike in Javad's garage. Javad agreed. Luke didn't use the bike beca​use it needed to be fixed. After not hearing from Luke for over a year, Javad texted Luke asking him to pick up the bike. Luke replied that he didn't want the bike anymore because it was junk. A few months ago Javad cleaned out his garage and gave the bike away.

    ​Last week, Luke texted Javad asking if he could have the bike back. Javad replied that he no longer had the bike. Javad has now received a letter of demand from Luke. 

    F​​AQs

    For answers to commonly asked questions, see Being chased for goods - Frequently Asked Questions. ​​

     

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    ​​​Fu​​​rther information

    ​​​​​​Community Justice Centres