Many disputes can be resolved without the involvement of a legal practitioner in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). Those that have a monetary value of less than $25,000.00 may be best addressed in QCAT. You should go to www.qcat.qld.gov.au to explore your options.
For those disputes where you believe that damages are greater than $25,000.00 or more involved than those described in QCAT, then these should be directed to the courts for determination.
If you are seeking to sue someone (bring an action) for a dispute involving an issue where you believe that you are entitled to damages then upon filing a claim, you will be known as the “plaintiff”.
The amount for a plaintiff’s claim determines the appropriate court that it will be dealt in. If you are seeking costs of no more than $150,000.00 then the action will be undertaken in the Magistrates Court. The District Court jurisdiction looks after claims for more than $150,000.00 and less than $750,000.00. The Queensland Supreme Court will accept matters that fall outside of normal matters to be filed in either of the Magistrates or District Court or where the loss accrued is greater than $750,000.00.