Representing yourself

You are entitled to represent yourself in the Land Court, or appear by lawyer or agent.

If you choose to represent yourself, familiarise yourself with basic court etiquette and procedures. Although the Land Court operates with as little formality as possible, it is a court and there are rules to follow.

Court staff can help you with procedural advice about court proceedings, but can’t provide legal advice.

The member or judicial registrar is in charge of the court. You should show them respect, listen to their advice and follow their directions. Where possible, they will help you put forward all the facts of your case and ensure the other party is courteous when asking questions of you. However, they are impartial and, therefore, restricted in the help they can give you.

The general information in this section is not a substitute for professional legal advice, so consider getting legal advice about your case even if you don’t intend to use a lawyer when you go to court.

Preparing for court

What to prepare, how to dress and how to address the court

First court appearance

What happens at a directions hearing and what is contained in a directions order


Information on preparing witness statements

The hearing day

Where to go, where to sit and what rules to follow during the hearing

The hearing process

How the hearing works, including your role and how the decision is handed down

Being represented by an agent

Information for parties having an agent represent them, rather than a lawyer