Receiving a claim and Notice of Pre-trial or Case Conference
If you have received a neighbour dispute claim and Notice of Pre-trial or Case Conference, it means that someone (the plaintiff - for matters commenced before 1 April 2022, or claimant - for matters commenced on or after 1 April 2022) has filed a neighbour dispute claim against you.
You are the respondent.
Respond to a neighbour dispute claim step-by-step
This is the process of responding to a neighbour dispute claim.
Understand neighbour dispute claims and respond
Find out what orders the court can make against you and the possible ways you can respond to the claim.
Resolve the dispute online
You may choose to resolve the dispute with the claimant by online negotiation (eNegotiation) on CJTS. If both parties manage to reach an agreement, you do not need to attend court.
If the dispute is not resolved, both you and the plaintiff must attend a pre-trial conference (PTC) or case conference. At the PTC or case conference, the court will manage the case and give the parties an opportunity to resolve the dispute.
If the matter cannot be settled at the PTC or case conference, a date for a hearing before a tribunal judge may be scheduled for the case.
File an application, if needed
You may file an appeal against a neighbour dispute claim order in some cases, or set aside an order made in your absence if you missed a court session. If the CDRT makes an order in your favour but the other party does not comply, you may apply to enforce it.
- Paragraph 141 and 141A of the State Courts Practice Directions for community dispute resolution, for matters commenced before 1 April 2022.
- Paragraph 129 of the State Courts Practice Directions 2021 for community dispute resolution, for matters commenced on or after 1 April 2022.