Disputes Tribunal Act 1988

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Disputes Tribunal Act 1988

Public Act
1988 No 110
Date of assent
28 July 1988
see section 1(2)

Act name: amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 257(a) of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


Title [Repealed]
1Title and commencement
2ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
3Act to bind the Crown
4Disputes Tribunal is division of District Court
4AOffices of Tribunal
4BRegistry of Disputes Tribunal
5Exercise of Tribunal’s jurisdiction
6Sittings of Tribunal and rostering and training of Referees
6AAppointment of Principal Disputes Referee
6BActing Principal Disputes Referee
6CFunctions and powers of Principal Disputes Referee
6DDelegation by Principal Disputes Referee
7Appointment of Referees
8Selection of candidates for appointment or reappointment as Referees
8ASalary and allowances of Principal Disputes Referee
9Salary and allowances
10Jurisdiction of Tribunal
11Further limitations on jurisdiction
12Recovery of consequential loss [Repealed]
13Extension of jurisdiction by agreement between the parties [Repealed]
14Abandonment to bring claim within jurisdiction
15Cause of action not to be divided
16Contracting out prohibited
17Exclusion of other jurisdictions
18Functions of Tribunal
19Orders of Tribunal
20Power of Tribunal to award interest
20ASuppression orders
21Reasons for decisions
22Orders and approved settlements to be recorded in writing
23Decisions of Tribunal to be final
24Lodging of claims
25Notice of claim and of hearing
28Claims for relief where applicant insured
29Insurer may waive notice of proceedings
30Insurer may abandon rights of subrogation
31Applicant entitled to control conduct of case
32Insurer may prove amount of loss
33Applicant to have priority in respect of uninsured loss
34Insurer may apply for claim to be struck out
35Insured respondent to notify insurer
36Transfer of proceedings to District Court, etc
37Transfer of proceedings from District Court, etc
38Right to appear at hearings
39Proceedings to be held in private
41Investigator may be appointed
42Tribunal may act on evidence available
42AUse of electronic facilities to hear matters
44Procedure where no provision made
45Enforcement of orders except work orders
46Enforcement of work orders
47Enforcement of agreed settlements
48No filing fee payable [Repealed]
51Referee or Investigator to furnish report
52Right of audience
53Powers of District Court Judge on appeal
54Want of form
55Registrar to provide assistance
56Contempt of Tribunal
56AOnline publication of information about procedures, time frames, and progress of decisions
57Publication of orders
58Protection of Referees, Investigators, etc
59Referee to be employee for accident compensation purposes
61Crown Proceedings Act 1950 not restricted
62Interpretation [Repealed]
63Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals [Repealed]
64Interpretation [Repealed]
65Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals [Repealed]
66Interpretation [Repealed]
67Statements during negotiations for a contract
68Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals [Repealed]
69Interpretation [Repealed]
70Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals [Repealed]
72Proceedings to be in accordance with District Courts Act 1947
73Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals
75Interpretation [Repealed]
76Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals [Repealed]
77Interpretation [Repealed]
78Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals [Repealed]
80Settlement of claims by minors
81Jurisdiction of Disputes Tribunals
82Repeals and consequential amendments
83References to Small Claims Tribunals, etc, deemed references to Disputes Tribunal
84Transitional provisions
Title [Repealed]

Title: repealed, on 1 March 2017, by section 258 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).