​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 |

Going to court

If you can't resolve your dispute about goods, you may end up in court. However, it is a good idea to try to avoid going to court by settling your dispute through negotiation or mediation, if possible. For more information, see Resolving your dispute​.

    Which court?

    A court case to recover goods in NSW is dealt with in:

    • ​the Small Claims Division of the Local Court where the claim is for up to $10,000
    • the General Division of the Local Court where the claim is for more than $10,000 and up to $100,000 (or $120,000 in some limited circumstances)
    • the District Court or the Supreme Court where the claim is for more than $100,000 (or $120,000 in some limited circumstances).

    Time limits

    The time limit for making a claim for recovery of goods is six years. The time will usually start from when one party first demanded the return of the goods from another. If an agreement was made for the return of the goods, the time limit starts from when the agreement ended. 

    AlertIf you think you may be outside the time limit, you will need to ask the court for permission to start a case out of time. You should get legal advice first.  

    Getting your goods back

    If someone has your goods and won't return them, you will need to decide whether to start a court case. 

    You should carefully consider whether or not it is worth starting a court case. For more information, see Should you go to court?

    For information about going to court to recover goods worth $10,000 or less, see the Local Courts – Small Claims​ topic in the Representing Yourself section of this website. Read through the section 'Does someone owe you money or goods?'

    If the value of the goods is more than $10,000 you should get legal advice. For some information, see Local Court - General Division.

    Being chased for goods

    If someone is chasing you for goods and they start a case against you, you will need to decide how to respond to the court case. 

    For more information about responding to a court case claiming $10,000 or less, see the Local Courts – Small Claims​​ topic in the Representing Yourself section of this website. Read through the section 'Is someone chasing you for money or goods?'

    If you are being chased for more than $10,000, you should get legal advice​. For some information, see Local Court - General Division.

    Woman submitting documents to court 

    Need legal help