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Local Court - Small Claims

Debts and car accidents are very common legal probl​em​s 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, see:

If you are not able to resolve your dispute, you and the other party might have to go to court. 

This topic has information about claims and debts of $20,000 or less. These claims are dealt with in the Local Court of NSW Small Claims Division.

If the claim is for more than $20,000 it is dealt with by the Local Court General Claims Division. You should get legal advice. For some information, see Local Court - General Division.

AlertThe information in this topic should not be used if your claim is about a dispute over a consumer contract, tenancy matter or family law matter. If you are unsure, get legal advice about your situation.

Does someone owe you money?

Find out what steps you can take if you are claiming money from someone else:

For more information, see Does so​meone owe you money?

Is someone chasing you for money?

Find out what steps you can take if someone is chasing you for money:

For more information, see Is someone chasing​ you for money?

Flowcharts

These flowcharts give you a visual overview of the different steps in the Local Court – Small Claims process.

For more information, see Flowcharts.

Who's who in court

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.

Forms

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 or the cost of repairs to a vehicle damaged in a car accident.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.


Last updated: July 2021

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If you need to file documents with the Court, Tribunal or Commission, you should contact them directly to see what options are available to you. You may be required to file the documents online, by post or in-person. 

If you need to appear at the Court, Tribunal or Commission, you should contact them directly to see what options are available to you. You may be required to appear in person, by phone or Audio Visual Link (AVL).

For more information, see COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the New South Wales Local Court website.