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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.