Civil jurisdiction

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