If you want to make a claim in the Local Court against someone to:
you will need to file a Statement of Claim in the Local Court and serve it on them.
For more information about what to do, see Starting a case in the 'Debt - small claims' topic of this website. By clicking on this link you will move to a different part of this website.
Before you decide if you want to start a court case, you should consider the strength of your case by getting
legal advice. If you lose the court case and the defendant has a lawyer representing them, you may have to pay some of their legal costs. For more information, see
The time limit for making a claim in the Local Court to recover any goods is six years. The time starts from when you first demanded the goods back and the other party refused to return them.
For more information on time limits for getting your goods back, see
Time limits.You should get
legal advice if you think you may be outside the time limit.
You may also have a claim for damages against the person who had your goods (for example, where you lost money or could not earn money because you did not have access to the goods). This site does not provide specific information on making a claim for damages. You should get
legal advice if you want to claim damages.