Appeals and reviews
If you are unhappy with a decision made in your case, you may have some options.
Appeals from the Small Claims Division of the Local Court are made to the District Court.
It is very difficult to appeal a decision of a magistrate or assessor. You cannot appeal just because you do not like the decision. You can only appeal if:
An appeal against the decision of a magistrate or assessor must be made to the District Court within 28 days of the decision.
If you appeal a decision and you lose, it is very likely that you will have to pay legal costs.
Before filing an appeal, you should get legal advice.
In the Small Claims Division of the Local Court, registrars often make decisions about applications to the court and at the pre-trial review.
If a registrar makes a decision that you are unhappy with, you can apply to have the decision reviewed by a magistrate of the Local Court.
If you apply to review the decision of the registrar you may be ordered to pay some of the plaintiff's legal costs.
An application to review a registrar's decision must be made within 28 days of the date of the decision.
If you want to review the decision of a registrar, you should get legal advice.