The Court charges a fee to issue the claim. This fee is $140 as at 1 July 2016. It is added to the amount of which the plaintiff is claiming and if the claim is successful will be added to what the defendant has to pay but must in the first instance be paid to the Court registry by the plaintiff.
The Court gives each new claim a number ('the action number') and stamps each copy of the claim with the Court seal to show that it has been issued. The court needs to know the action number in order to provide any information which the parties ask for about the progress of the claim.
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