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Frequentl​​y Asked Quest​ions​​​


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​​1. Wha​​t goods can I rec​​over?​​​

You can use the ​​information in this topic to recover things like:

  • cars
  • jewellery
  • pets
  • furniture.
There are special rules about recovering some goods, for example:

  • goods left behind by a tenant in a rented property
  • goods held by your spouse or partner after a marriage or de facto relationship has ended.
The rules for getting these goods back are different and you should get legal advice.

The information in this topic is for goods valued up to $10 000.

For more information, see Disputes about goods

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2. How can I get my goods bac​​​k​? 

You have a number of options to try and get your goods back. First, you can try:

  • negotiation
  • mediation through a Community Justice centre (CJC).
If this doesn't work you can send a letter of demand.

If you have sent a letter of demand and you have not got your goods back, you can start a case in court. The Local Court can:

  • make an order that goods be returned to you, or
  • if your goods have been sold or destroyed, make an order that you be paid for the value of the goods.
For more information, see Getting your goods back

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3. What can I do if​​ someone is chasing​ me​ for goods?

If someone is chasing you for goods, you should speak to them first, if possible. You could try:

  • negotiation
  • mediation.
If this does not work, you could try sending them a letter.

If you receive a Statement of Claim from the Local Court, the other person has started court action. When you get a Statement of Claim you have 28 days to respond. You need to decide quickly how you want to respond.

For more information, see Being chased for goods

4. I filed and serv​​ed a Statement of​​ Claim on the​​ defendant. What happens next? 

The defendant has 28 days from the date they were served with the Statement of Claim to file a Defence. 

If the defendant does not file a Defence within 28 days, you can apply to the court for default judgment. 

If the defendant does file a Defence within 28 days, the court will send you a Notice of Listing telling you what date and time you need to attend the court for the pre trial review.  

For more information, see  Getting your goods back

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5. I received a Statem​ent of Claim in​​​ the mail. How do I ​respond?

If you have received a Statement of Claim it means someone has started a court case against you.

You have 28 days to respond to a Statement of Claim. You can:

  • file a Defence if you don't agree with the claim, or
  • file a Defence and a cross claim if you don'​t agree with the claim and you have a claim against the other person, or
  • negotiate with the other person to try and reach a settlement.   
For more information, see Being chased for goods.​

Photograph: Registry Staff at Local Court assisting at counter  

Further information

​​Community Justice Centres