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This is an example of a completed defence - goods. It is important to complete this form using your own details and based on your own circumstances. If you need more help, get legal advice. Do not try to file this sample form at court.
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Sample defence - goods (36kb)
For more information on completing this form, see Instructions for filling out a defence - debt or goods.
This sample form is based on the following case study:
Case study - Meena and Fantastic Florists
Natalie went to Queensland for a six-month work contract. She could not take her pet dog, Charlie, with her. She asked her friend, Rachel to look after her dog while she was gone.
When Natalie returned to Sydney, Rachel told her she was not going to give Charlie back. She said that Natalie had not looked after Charlie properly and left him for long periods alone. Rachel sai d that Charlie was better off with her. Natalie does not agree and wants Charlie back. Natalie sent Rachel a letter of demand and got a letter in reply saying that Rachel would like to keep Charlie and offered to pay her $100 instead. Natalie refused Rachel's offer and has started a case in the Small Claims Division of the Local Court for the recovery of the dog, or $600 for the value of the dog. Rachel was served with a statement of claim. Rachel does not agree with the claim and files a defence.