​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 |

Talk to the other person

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

    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

    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  the Community Justice Centre ​website.

    For more information, see Mediation.

    FAQs

    For answers to commonly asked questions, see Getting your goods back - Frequently Asked Questions.​​