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The Disputes Tribunal

Resolving smaller-scale legal disputes

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Disputes Tribunal

Where to go for more support

Community Law

www.communitylaw.org.nz

Your local Community Law Centre can provide free initial legal advice and can help you apply to the Disputes Tribunal or defend a claim there.

Consumer NZ

www.consumer.org.nz

This provides information on how the Disputes Tribunal works, your rights at the hearing and how to file a claim.

Disputes Tribunal

www.disputesTribunal.govt.nz

This website includes general information about how to apply, fees, the hearing process, and appeals.

You can apply online at:
www.disputesTribunal.govt.nz/how-to-make-a-claim/apply-online

Some Disputes Tribunal decisions are available to read at: www.disputesTribunal.govt.nz/disputes-decision-finder

Citizens Advice Bureau

www.cab.org.nz

Phone (0800 FOR CAB) 0800 367 222

Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for information about the Disputes Tribunal process.

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