The Disputes Tribunal is a quick and inexpensive way to settle disputes. 

The Disputes Tribunal isn't like a formal court. A lawyer can’t represent you in the hearing and there are no judges. Each hearing is run by a referee, who will encourage both sides to reach agreement. If they can’t, the referee makes a decision. This decision is binding (you have to follow it).

Laws that cover the Disputes Tribunal

The Tribunal is covered by the:

Disputes Tribunal Act 1988(external link)

Disputes Tribunals Rules 1989(external link)

The Tribunal replaced the Small Claims Courts in 1988.

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