Disputes Tribunal Rules 1989

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Version as at 12 April 2022

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Disputes Tribunal Rules 1989

(SR 1989/34)

Rules name: amended, on 14 September 2018, by rule 4(1)(a) of the Disputes Tribunal Amendment Rules 2018 (LI 2018/139).

Paul Reeves, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 20th day of February 1989

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


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.

These rules are administered by the Ministry of Justice.

Pursuant to section 60 of the Disputes Tribunals Act 1988, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following rules.


1Title and commencement
2ATransitional, savings, and related provisions
3Application of rules
4Lodging claim and confidentiality [Revoked]
4AMemorandum of agreement to extend financial limit must be in prescribed form [Revoked]
6Notice of hearing [Revoked]
7Enlargement of dates of hearing
8Form of acknowledgement from applicant’s insurer [Revoked]
9Approval of representative under section 38 of Act
10Service of documents
11Service on corporations
13Time for giving certain notices
14Summons to witness
15Service of summons
16Obligation on witness to attend extends to adjourned proceedings
17Witnesses’ expenses
18Failure to give evidence
20Notice of objection to enforcement of order
21Requests for enforcement of work orders [Revoked]
22Requests for enforcement of agreed settlements [Revoked]
23Application for rehearing
24Notice of appeal
25Transfer of proceedings to District Court
26Transfer of proceedings from District Court or High Court to Tribunal
27Plaintiff in proceedings transferred to Tribunal to lodge claim [Revoked]
28Forms [Revoked]
29Documents that must be sealed
30Offices of Tribunals [Revoked]
31Office hours
32Holidays of Tribunals [Revoked]
34AConfidentiality of applicant’s contact details
35AAdvertising for candidates
35BAssessment of candidates
35CCriteria for assessment of candidates
36Advertising for candidates
37Assessment of candidates
38Criteria for assessment of candidates
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