On 1 December 2009, the minor debt jurisdiction was incorporated into the new Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“QCAT”). The monetary limit for a minor debt was increased at this time from $7,500.00 to $25,000.00. This increase was good news for many individuals and small businesses pursuing modest amounts which previously fell outside the limit of $7,500.00, but were not significant enough debts to warrant expensive litigation.
Examples of a debt dispute are fixed or agreed sums of money, such as unpaid invoices, wages, or money lent and not repaid.
Generally, legal representation at a Debt Hearing is not allowed, however we can assist with the preparation, filing and serving of the Claim, as well as advising on proceedings generally. Although a debt dispute through QCAT is generally a “no cost” jurisdiction, we recommend you seek advice from a solicitor prior to commencing proceedings, or on being served with a claim naming you as Defendant, to maximise your chances of success, as well being guided through the QCAT process generally.