It is often worthwhile trying to resolve a problem without going to court, as court cases can take time and cost money. The information on this page is about the ways you can try to resolve a dispute before going to court.
If an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is in place against you protecting the other party or anyone they have a domestic relationship with, you should get legal advice before contacting them. You may be breaching the AVO if you contact them.
Negotiation is where you try to reach an agreement on getting your goods back or being paid money instead.
If you are able to reach an agreement with the person who has your goods, you should write down what has been agreed and both of you should sign and date the agreement.
You should get
legal advice before you sign any agreements.
Mediation is an informal way of solving a problem. At mediation, the people involved in a dispute come together with the help of a neutral person called a 'mediator' to try and settle the dispute. The mediator helps people understand the problem, talk to each other and come up with solutions. A mediator will not take sides and cannot give you legal advice. If you do reach an agreement, you can put it in writing and you can agree to make it legally binding.
You should get legal advice
before you sign any agreements made in mediation.
Community Justice Centres (CJCs) provide free mediation services in NSW. All you need to do is contact them. The staff can tell you if your situation is suitable for mediation. The staff will then contact the other person and encourage them to participate in a mediation session.
You can find contact details on
Community Justice Centre website.
For more information, see Mediation.
For answers to commonly asked questions, see
Getting your goods back - Frequently Asked Questions.