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Administrative Review in ACT

If you are owed money – whether from services you have provided, a loan you have made, or monies that you have paid on behalf of someone else – then you may need to commence proceedings to recover the debt. 

Debt recovery in New South Wales is dealt with through the Court system. The amount of monies owed will determine the jurisdiction in which you need to commence proceedings. The Local Court determines matters up to $100,000. It has two divisions: the Small Claims Division which hears claims up to $10,000, and the General Division which hears claims over $10,000 but only up to $100,000. The District Court can determine debt recovery matters up to $750,000. Higher amounts are determined in the Supreme Court.

Each court has their own specific procedures and court rules that apply. These rules dictate how the civil case is to be run in their jurisdiction. The Small Claims Division of the Local Court has very simple, and easy to follow, procedures to help people navigate their way without a lawyer. The higher the Court, the more formal the rules of evidence and procedures become. It is not recommended to commence proceedings in the District or Supreme Courts without a lawyer.

 

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Michelle Makela

Michelle Makela is one of our Legal Practice Directors and the National Practice Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master’s in Criminology. Michelle has had a varied career, working in commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. Michelle joined Go To Court Lawyers in 2011. She now supervises a team of over 80 solicitors across Australia.

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