Here you will find information about the civil work of the District Court and about interacting with the District Court office
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The District Court is a court of local and limited jurisdiction. It derives its powers from the Constitution and from Statute law.
You commence proceedings by way of a document called a claim notice.
If you are served a claim notice, you must decide if you are going to defend the case or not.
If you receive a claim notice and you decide that it was the claimant who did the wrong, you may bring a claim against the claimant, called a counterclaim.
If the respondent does not respond to a claim notice within 28 days indicating that they intend to defend the case, the claimant can apply to the District Court clerk for a judgment in default.
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