In its civil jurisdiction, the District Court resolves disputes between individuals or organisations. A person who feels they have been wronged may bring a claim and, if successful, be awarded a remedy such as compensation.
The District Court may hear claims up to a value of $350,000.
Examples of common claims in the District Court include:
- contractual disputes (where one party has not performed their obligations under an agreement)
- negligence (such as where services have not been provided with reasonable skill)
- restraining orders (where a person is seeking an order to prevent harassment).
The District Court does not have jurisdiction to hear disputes regarding:
- the recovery of land (with some exceptions)
- interpretation of wills, or
- judicial review.
Find out more about how to conduct a civil proceeding in the District Court
Disputes of less than $30,000 may be able to be heard in the Disputes Tribunal.
Find out more about the Disputes Tribunal