At Swan River Law we can assist you with a number of matters that involve civil litigation including but not limited to the following, debt recovery and contractual disputes.
An initial step may involve our office engaging in pre-action negotiation on your behalf in an attempt to avoid litigation. This may include writing a letter of demand to the other party prior to initiating court proceedings. A well drafted and informed letter of demand can lead to a fast resolution to your dispute. The other party may agree to your demand(s) or it may persuade the other party to reconsider their position. Our lawyers are able to provide their expertise and knowledge of the law to assist you in determining whether a letter of demand is suitable in your circumstances.
Magistrates Court of Western Australia
When initiating or responding to a claim under $75,000.00 the case will be heard in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia. There are many types of civil claims in the Magistrates Court, these can include a minor case claim and a general procedure claim.
In the Magistrates Court if the amount you or the other party is seeking to recover is below $10,000.00 your matter will be heard as a minor case claim. A minor case claim generally precludes legal representation in court. At Swan River Law we can assist you with initiating and preparing for a minor case claim and offer you advice regarding your claim, court documents, your evidence and the procedure. Our lawyers can assist you in preparing for upcoming hearings and so that your documentation prepared in advance enabling you to present your case in the best light.
For claims in the Magistrates Court of Western Australia above $10,000.00 you will be involved in a general procedural claim. You are permitted to have legal representation in court which allows us to alleviate the stress and pressure that can overwhelm a self-represented party. At Swan River Law we can provide you with professional and informed representation.
District Court of Western Australia
If your case involves a claim over $75,000.00 your matter will be heard in the District Court of Western Australia. The District Court sits in between the Magistrates Court and Supreme Court in the hierarchy of the courts in Western Australia. The District Court deals with claims up to $750,000.00. The court also has unlimited jurisdiction in relation to personal injury matters. Our lawyers have experience representing clients in the District Court and are committed to achieve the best results for their clients.
Supreme Court of Western Australia
The Supreme Court of Western Australia is Western Australia’s highest court and has jurisdiction to deals with civil matters involving disputes over $750,000.00. The court also has jurisdiction to deal with cases that are appealed, injunctions and other forms of relief including those involving defamation.
Whether you require assistance in the Magistrates Court, District Court or Supreme Court our civil litigation lawyers can assist you with your legal issue.