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Representing yourself

Are you going to the local court about a debt?  Had a car accident? Want a new fence?  Have you got a fine?

LawAccess NSW has a range of practical guides to help you answer these and other questions. The guides help you deal with your legal problem or represent yourself in a court or tribunal. You will find step-by-step guides for going to court, flowcharts, who's who in court, sample forms, and answers to your frequently asked questions.​


Debts are a very common legal problem. This top​ic explains what you can do if you are owed money, or if someone is chasing you for money, and covers what a debt is, making a claim, responding to a claim​, and resolving your dispute.

Representing yourself - Debt

​Car accidents

This topic is about accidents involving cars a​​nd other vehicles that can be driven or ridden on a road, such as bic​ycles, motorbikes, and buses. The information explains what you can do if ​​​​your or someone else's car has been damaged in a car accident.

Representing yourself - Car accidents

Recovery of goods

This topic explains what you can do if you have a dispute about goods. The goods may be any property that belongs to you, including cars, jewellery, animals and furniture.

You might have a dispute because ​​you left goods with a friend or family member and they won't give them back, or ​someone left their goods with you and they want them back. ​The topic covers types of goods, the value of the goods, making a claim, responding to a claim, and resolving your dispute.

Representing yourself - Recovery of goods

​​​Local Court - Small claims

Debts, car accidents and claims for recovery of goods are very common legal probl​em​s that m​any people experience at some stage in their life. It is really important to try and resolve your dispute with the other ​party, before going to court. Going to court will cost you time, energy and money. 

​Unfortunately, people don't always come to an agreement so you may end up in court. This topic has information about claims and debts of $10,000 or less. These claims are dealt with in the Local Court Small Claims Division.

Representing yourself - Local Court - Small claims


This topic gives you information about the law on dividing fences. It also gives you information about boundary disputes and retaining walls. Topics covered include building, fixing or replacing a fence, talking to your neighbour, what happens if you if you cannot agree, fencing orders, what happens after the decision, boundaries, and retaining walls.

Representing yourself - Fences

Employment rights

If you are an employ​ee you have certain rights​ and entitlements that relate to how you can be d​​​​ism​issed (sacked from your job) and what you should be paid. 

This topic has information to help you understand your rights in employment, and covers unfair dismissal, general protections dismissal, and wages and entitlements.

Representing yourself - Employment rights


An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a court order that aims to protect a person from another person that causes them to fear for their safety. An AVO can protect a person from violence or threats of violence, stalking, intimidation, or harassment. An AVO can also protect property that has been damaged or threatened with damage.

This topic has information about applying for an AVO and responding to an application for an AVO.​

Representing yourself - AVOs


This topic has information about your options for dealing with a fine or penalty notice, including how to pay the fine, what to do if you disagree with it, what happens if you decided to go to court and what you can do if your drivers licence is suspended. It covers types of fines, private 'fines', going to court, what happens after court, and licence suspensions.

Representing yourself - Fines

Driving offences and crime

Have you been charged with a driving or criminal offence? This topic has information about responding to the charge and covers driving offences​, criminal offences, responding to a charge, pleading guilty, pleading not guilty, and what happens after court.

Representing yourself - Driving offences and crime

After someone dies

There are often many things to do after​ someone dies, including notifying​ peopl​e, making funeral arrangements and dealing with the deceased person's property. This topic has information about who ​​to notify after someone dies, funerals, the will, assets and debts, the estate, probate, letters of administration, grants from outside NSW, after probate or administration, distributing the estate, and family provision claims.

Representing yourself - After someone dies

If you have a legal problem, you may be able to resolve your matter through​ negotiation or mediation or you may have to go to court or a tribunal. The legal skills topic has some general information that may help you to resolve your matter informally, communicate with the other person, get legal advice, understand the legal system and the court process, and how to prepare legal documents. It covers negotiation, mediation, dealing with your lawyer, getting ready for court, reading and writing legal documents, and making a complaint.

Representing yourself - Legal skills

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