Before you respond, make sure you:
The party who filed the claim is known as the plaintiff (for matters commenced before 1 April 2022) or claimant (for matters commenced on or after 1 April 2022).
You are the respondent.
You can respond to the claim in one of the following ways:
If both parties manage to reach a settlement, the plaintiff or claimant may apply to withdraw the claim. Alternatively, either party may apply for a consent order to be issued.
If the dispute is not settled by the date of the pre-trial conference (PTC) or case conference as stated in the Notice of Pre-trial or Case Conference served on you, you must attend the PTC or case conference.
Refer to the following to find out how to file and serve a Reply.
When to file and serve
Within 14 days after being served with a neighbour dispute claim.
How to apply
You should prepare the following (where applicable) before you file:
You will need to follow these steps to file a Reply:
You may serve the documents on the plaintiff through one of the following ways:
What it is
Delivering hard copies of the documents personally to the plaintiff or claimant.
Sending hard copies of the documents in an envelope to the last known residential or registered address of the respondent.
Submitting soft copies of the documents to the plaintiff or claimant through CJTS.
Delivering the documents by any means as directed by the CDRT.
You must attend the PTC or case conference on the specified date and time as stated on the Notice of Pre-trial or Case Conference.
If you are absent from the PTC or case conference, the court may continue with the proceedings and issue a default order against you.
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