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Communtity Law Manual | Disputes Tribunal | Enforcing Disputes Tribunal orders

Enforcing Disputes Tribunal orders

Overview: Options for enforcing a tribunal order

Disputes Tribunal Act 1988, ss 45–47

The fact that both parties reach an agreement (or the referee makes an order) does not always guarantee that the decision will be followed. However, agreements and decisions made in the Disputes Tribunal are binding and can be enforced in the same way as an order of the District Court.

If the unsuccessful party does not comply with the order, the successful party can:

  • write a letter to the other party detailing what enforcement steps they will take if the order is not complied with immediately (this could be written by the successful party or by a lawyer or advocate on their behalf)
  • take the matter to a debt collection agency (the agency will usually charge a fee or a percentage of the debt)
  • apply to the District Court for the order to be enforced.
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