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Claim and statement of claim

A claim and statement of claim can be used to start proceedings for amounts from $150,000 to $750,000 in the District Court, and an unlimited amount in the Supreme Court. Claims for amounts up to $150,000 can be commenced in the Magistrates Court.

As the plaintiff you can initiate court action by filing a claim and statement of claim at the court registry.

The claim can be for an agreed or fixed amount of money, or it can be for unspecified amounts including:

  • damages
  • breach of contract
  • other remedies.

While the statement of claim outlines fully the plaintiff’s case against the defendant, the claim is a brief summary of the statement.

The following legislation may assist you

Last reviewed
22 June 2011
Last updated
28 March 2012

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