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 PDF (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: 09 July 2015

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