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It is a good idea to try to resolve a dispute without starting a case. You can try to resolve your dispute by negotiating directly with the other party. If you need help, you could arrange for an independent person to assist you both through a process called 'mediation'. If you reach an agreement, you should put it in writing.
If you settle your case you will not have to start a case.
It can take months for your matter to be finalised. You will also have to make time to prepare your application and attend the hearing.
Starting a case can be stressful. You will need to be organised and prepare your written evidence. You will also need to be prepared for the hearing. Before starting a case, it is a good idea to think about the impact it will have on you personally and whether it is worth the stress.
There is no guarantee that you will get the outcome you want at the hearing. The decision made at the hearing will be based on the law, the facts and the evidence presented by the parties.
If you and the other party can reach an agreement, there is less uncertainty about what the outcome will be.
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If there is an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against you protecting the other party or anyone they have a domestic relationship with, you should get legal advice before contacting them. You may be breaching the AVO if you contact them.
There are strict time limits to start a claim in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). For more information, see Going to NCAT. If NCAT tells you that your matter does not fall under the Uncollected Goods Act 1995, you may be able to start a case in the Local Court. For more information, see Going to the Local Court.