These flowcharts give you a visual overview of the different steps in the Local Court – Small Claims process.
The steps on the flowchart are linked to more information in this topic that will have more information.
Does someone owe you money?
Starting your case
If you sent a letter of demand for the payment of a debt, and you were unable to reach an agreement, you may want to start a court case against the other party to recover money.
For more information, see Starting a case – flowchart.
Enforcing a judgment
At the end of your case, you may have been successful in getting a judgment against the defendant, but you still don't know how to get your money. There are a number of ways to enforce a judgment.
For more information, see Enforcing a judgment – flowchart.
Are you being chased for money?
Responding to a statement of claim
If you received a default notice from a bank or credit provider, or a demand for payment of a debt, and you were unable to reach an agreement, the other party may start a court case against you by filing a statement of claim and serving it on you.
For more information, see Responding to a statement of claim – flowchart.
Responding to a judgment
If the magistrate or assessor decided you owed the money or goods, you will have a judgment against you. There are a number of ways that a judgment can be enforced against you.
For more information, see Responding to a judgment - flowchart.