Here you will find information about the civil work of the District Court and about interacting with the District Court office

District Court - Covid-19 Arrangements

District Court - Covid-19 Arrangements

District Court procedures are adapting to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, for the latest arrangements and procedures please follow this link.

What happens in the District Court?

What happens in the District Court?

The District Court is a court of local and limited jurisdiction. It derives its powers from the Constitution and from Statute law.

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How do I bring a civil matter before the District Court?

How do I bring a civil matter before the District Court?

You commence proceedings by way of a document called a claim notice.

Link to How Do I Bring a Civil Matter to court

What do I do if I am served with a claim notice?

What do I do if I am served with a claim notice?

If you are served a claim notice, you must decide if you are going to defend the case or not.

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How do I make a counterclaim?

How do I make a counterclaim?

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.

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What if a claim notice is not responded to?

What if a claim notice is not responded to?

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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Licensing

Licensing

Find out what you need to know for District & Circuit Court licensing matters.