The majority of NTCAT proceedings are between parties who are self-represented and NTCAT’s rules and procedures have been designed with this in mind.
In most cases (see below for small claims) parties are also entitled to have a lawyer represent them.
Representation by someone other than a lawyer, such as a real estate agent or a friend or relative, may be permitted by the tribunal. A party seeking to have a non-lawyer represent them may need to apply to NTCAT for an order by way of filing a Form 3 Ordinary Application.
In small claims matters, section 7 of the Small Claims Act provides that a party is entitled to appear by a legal practitioner only with the leave of NTCAT. A party seeking to have a lawyer represent them in a small claims matter may need to apply to NTCAT for an order by way of filing a Form 3 Ordinary Application.