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This site is essential to read if you think you have been caused damage or a loss by some other person and you want to sue that person.

A cause of action is the term given to the legal principle on which you can sue someone in a Court of law to recover damages.

As from 1 November 2009, the documents to use in the District Court have changed.  There are documents which you can down load from the links below and fill in yourself.  But you will still need to identify the "cause of action", or "causes of action" upon which you base your claim.

DISTRICT COURT CIVIL CLAIMS . . . . .

 

 

 

Here is a direct link to the new Rules.

DISTRICT COURT RULES . . . . .

 

 

 

For almost a thousand years Courts around the world have built up a body of legal principles which establish the basis for bringing a successful claim against another person. We give you some examples below:

If somebody breaks an agreement with you

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"Great. See the other topics on Statement of Claim -Some Examples - Graeme - Tauranga"
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