This page describes the simplified civil process for cases begun by a Writ of Summons (Writ) and heard in the Magistrate's Court or the District Court where all parties consent to the application of the simplified civil process.
Refer to Start a civil claim by Writ of Summons or Respond to a civil claim made by a Writ of Summons instead if either of the following applies to your case:
Parties should negotiate before attending their case management conference (CMC) once the court notifies them of their CMC date.
Each party should know more about the strengths and weaknesses of each other’s case through the upfront disclosure of relevant documents with their pleadings.
If you are the party who filed the claim (the plaintiff), refer to File and serve pleadings (simplified civil process) to find out the pleadings you will have to file.
If you are the party against whom the claim is filed (the defendant), refer to How to respond to a Writ of Summons (simplified civil process) to find out the pleadings you will have to file if you contest the plaintiff's claim.
In order for the CMC to be effective and fruitful, each party must comply with all directions, prior to attending the first CMC session.
For parties represented by a lawyer, the lawyer should take all necessary instructions from them to achieve a resolution of the matter, including exploring the use of any alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process.
Each party must complete the following 7 days before attending the first CMC:
Parties should inform the court and the other party of the areas of dispute and the witnesses they intend to call to give evidence in support of their case within the form.
This will inform the court and the other party of which ADR option they prefer to help resolve the case.