Legal Representation and Jurisdictional Limit in Small Claims

Consultation is now closed.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice is seeking views from relevant stakeholders in relation to possible amendment to the Small Claims Act to allow for:

  • an increase in the jurisdictional claim limit;
  • the removal or amendment of provisions of the Local Court Act that give litigants a discretion to commence proceedings under the Local Court Act or the
    Small Claims Act where a matter involves a claim over $5,000; and
  • the exclusion of legal practitioners and representatives, subject to limited exceptions in the discretion of the court, such as where a party suffers a disability, a party is a body corporate or government agency, or the matter involves complex questions of law or fact.

Legal representation and jurisdictional limit in small claims (104.2 kb)

Submissions should be sent to:

Director, Legal Policy

Department of the Attorney-General and Justice

GPO Box 1722

DARWIN  NT  0801

Or by email to

Closing date for submissions is 31 July 2013.

Last updated: 27 March 2018