Cases are brought to the civil court by individuals or organisations and sometimes local or central government to help settle a dispute. Civil cases are usually about people’s rights.
Generally, civil cases are not about breaking a criminal law. Criminal cases are brought to the court by the state or government to maintain law and order to protect society.
Civil court cases can be about:
The Disputes Tribunal hears claims that are for less than $15,000 (or $20,000 if both sides agree).
The District Court hears civil claims for less than $200,000. The claims often involve arguments over money and property and can include complex commercial transactions.
The High Court hears civil claims that are complex or for over $200,000. The claims often look at issues like company law, bankruptcy, the administration of estates and trusts, property transfer and land valuation.
You might want to talk to a lawyer. If you can’t afford a lawyer you may be able to get:
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