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Do You Take the Debt to Court or Write it Off?

At CollectIT we do a lot of work for our clients with money owed to them in both the Disputes Tribunal and the District Court.When making decisions around money owing to you, it pays to be informed.The Disputes Tribunal provides a quick, simple and inexpensive way for individuals and businesses to resolve civil disputes involving issues such as goods, services and property damage. It allows people to resolve common disagreements.Disputes Tribunal

DISPUTED - the claim must be disputed. Less expensive than the District Court to file a claim. 

  • The costs are as follows:
  • Claim $1 - $1,999               $45
  • Claim $2,000 - $4,999        $90
  • Claim $5,000 - $20,000    $180 
  • Amount of claim <$15,000 
  • Amount of claim can be up to $20,000 if agreed by the debtor 
  • Few delays, no lawyers, no judges 
  • Carefully selected referees, who are trained to hear disputes 
  • Referees try to get an agreement between the parties before ruling 
  • Fair go - consider evidence and apply the relevant law to determine what is fair and just in the circumstances 
  • A court order from the Disputes Tribunal is binding and enforceable
  • At present there are proposed changes to The Disputes Tribunal. These are as follows:
  • Allowing Disputes Tribunals to deal with claims of $30,000 or less. 
  • Requiring newly appointed referees to have appropriate qualifications or training such as legal, mediation or arbitration qualifications or training 
  • Requiring hearings to be open to the public and the media except when the referee is mediating an agreement or privacy is needed  
  • Requiring referees to give reasons for their decisions in writing 
  • Publishing decisions online unless there is good reason not to do so 
  • Allowing disputes to be reheard only once in most circumstances.

If you have a debt than needs pursuing, call us at CollectIT 07 834 9111 or email now. Here is an example of one of our case studies ...


Our client - in the advertising industry was owed $1,200 by a sole trader for advertising carried out.

Debtor B disputed the amount claiming the advertising never took place despite being provided with evidence showing dates and times, so off to the Disputes Tribunal the case went. At the hearing Debtor B requested certain information was supplied to him so another hearing time was granted.
Debtor B did not show up to the next hearing and so Client M presented their case and received a court order in their favour.
Following this Debtor B claimed they were never advised of the new date and so requested another hearing. At the 3rd hearing the order once again was granted in Client M's favour.
For a period of 3 months Debtor B continued to argue the order with CollectIT stating that he had gone to the Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Police, Commerce Commission, Office of the Ombudsmen about Client M.

Result: Nothing ever eventuated from all these threats.  CollectIT enforced the court order, Debtor B commenced repayments and the debt was fully settled within 5 months.

If you have a debt than needs pursuing, call us at CollectIT 07 834 9111 or email now.