Before you file a claim, make sure you:
If you need access to computers to respond to your claim, visit the Business Centre at the State Courts, Level 2 during operating hours.
If you are filing the claim, you are the claimant.
The other party is the respondent.
Refer to the following to find out about filing an employment claim.
Lawyers are not allowed to represent parties in court for ECT matters.
When to file
Within 4 weeks after obtaining the Claim Referral Certificate from TADM.
When to serve
Within 7 working days of the date of filing of the claim.
How to apply
Through the Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS).
You should prepare a soft copy of the following in PDF format (where applicable) before you file:
You will need to follow these steps to file and serve your claim.
|1. File your claim |
Your claim is filed in CJTS.
|2. Serve documents on the respondent |
The respondent is notified of your employment claim.
|3. File a declaration of service (DOS) |
Acknowledgement of service of claim to the respondent.
You may serve the Notice of CMC on the respondent through one of the following ways:
What it is
Delivering hard copies of the documents personally to the respondent.
(if to an individual) Sending hard copies of the documents to the respondent's last known residential or registered address in an envelope addressed to them.
Submitting soft copies of the documents to the respondent through CJTS.
Delivering the documents by any means (including fax or email) as directed by the ECT.
You may amend a claim if the claim has not been served on the respondent. If you have already served the claim on the respondent, you will not be able to make amendments unless you have obtained permission from the ECT.
To make an amendment to your application, select Request for Amendments under the Online Applications tab on CJTS.
You must file a declaration of service (DOS) with proof of service after serving the Notice of CMC on the respondent.
Log in to CJTS. Under the Online Applications tab, select Declaration of Service and follow the instructions.
For detailed instructions, refer to the CJTS user guide for filing employment disputes (PDF, 4.54 MB).
The respondent may respond to the claim you have filed against them in different ways. Refer to the following to understand what these ways are:
If a settlement is reached online:
If a settlement is not reached, or if an application for a consent order is not approved by the ECT, you will have to attend the CMC as stated in the Notice of CMC.
A response sets out the respondent's defence to your claim, which they will be relying on.
A counterclaim can be filed only after you and the respondent have first gone through mediation at TADM in respect of the counterclaim.