Debts, car accidents and claims for recovery of goods are very common legal problems that many people experience at some stage in their life.
It is really important to try and resolve your dispute with the other party, before going to court. Going to court will cost you time, energy and money. If you haven't already tried to resolve your dispute with the other party, go to:
You will find lots of useful information about making a claim, responding to a claim and resolving your dispute, including sending a letter of demand and going to mediation.
Unfortunately, people don't always come to an agreement so you may end up in court. This topic has information about claims and debts of $20,000 or less. These claims are dealt with in the Local Court Small Claims Division.
If the claim is for more than $20,000 you should get legal advice. For some information, see Local Court - General Division.
Find out what steps you can take if you are claiming money or goods from someone else:
For more information, see Does someone owe you money or goods?
Find out what steps you can take if someone is chasing you for money or goods:
For more information, see Is someone chasing you for money or goods?
These flowcharts give you a visual overview of the different steps in the Local Court – Small Claims process.For more information, see Flowcharts.
To find out what a typical court room looks like, who the different people are, and where you should sit when you go to the Local Court, see Who's who in Court.
This section is a list of the forms, including samples and instruction documents that you will find in this topic.
For more information, see Forms.
This section has answers to some commonly asked questions about making a claim, responding to a claim and resolving your dispute in the Small Claims Division of the Local Court for money, goods or the cost of repairs to a vehicle damaged in a car accident.
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.