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About the Disputes Tribunal

Overview of the New Zealand Disputes Tribunal, including the Principal Disputes Referee.

The Disputes Tribunal deals with claims of up to $15,000 or, if everyone involved agrees, up to $20,000. The Tribunal was established under the Disputes Tribunals Act 1988 to resolve matters under its jurisdiction.

When the Disputes Tribunal can help

The Disputes Tribunal deals with many types of disputes. You can take a dispute to the Tribunal even if you have agreed in writing not to, or a contract says "no responsibility accepted". Find out more

Principal Disputes Referee

The primary role of the Principal Disputes Referee is to undertake appropriate measures to ensure the integrity of the office of referee is maintained, and that referees operate effectively and efficiently.

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