There are two types of fees in the Employment Court:

  1. Filing fees (as listed in the table below).
  2. Hearing fees. Hearing fees are payable after the hearing for each half day of hearing after the first day. The hearing fee for a half day hearing is currently $250.44.

Generally it is the responsibility of the plaintiff/applicant to pay the hearing fees. The invoice for the hearing fees will be sent to that party or their representative.

Filing fees are payable at the time or before documents are filed.

Upon downloading, please delete the red instructions from the document before filing.

Find out more about completing, filing and serving documents and paying the filing fee.

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Frequently used forms

FormFiling FeeNumber of copies required
Form 1: Statement of claim - challenge to Employment Relations Authority determination [DOC, 49 KB]
View example [PDF, 408 KB]
204.44 3
Form 1AA: Statement of claim - challenge in respect of dismissal of frivolous or vexatious proceedings [DOC, 55 KB] $204.44 3
Form 2: Statement of claim - other proceedings [DOC, 42 KB] $306.67 3
Form 2A: Application for leave [DOC, 46 KB] Free 3
Form 3: Application for special leave to remove matter to Employment Court [DOC, 33 KB] $204.44 3
Form 4: Statement of defence [DOC, 43 KB]
View example [PDF, 401 KB]
Free 3
Form 6: Notice requiring disclosure [DOC, 31 KB] Free (2)
Form 7: Objection to disclosure [DOC, 28 KB] Free (2)
Form 8: Challenge to objection to disclosure [DOC, 32 KB]
Note: when filing Form 8, you must also file two copies each of Forms 6 and 7
$102.22 2
Form 9: Application for verification order [DOC, 31 KB] $102.22 2
Form 13: Application for rehearing [DOC, 32 KB] $306.67 3
Form 14: Application for stay of proceedings [DOC, 41 KB] Free 3

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Other forms

FormFiling FeeNumber of copies required
Form 11: Plaintiff's management memorandum [DOC, 46 KB] Free 2
Form 12: Defendant's management memorandum [DOC, 46 KB] Free 2
Form 16: Charging document [DOC, 30 KB] Free 3
Affidavit or affirmation [DOC, 36 KB] Free 3
Affidavit of service [DOCX, 99 KB] Free 2
Notice of change of representation [DOC, 34 KB] Free 2
Notice of discontinuance [DOC, 36 KB] Free 2
High Court Form G31: Interlocutory application on notice [DOC, 34 KB] Free 3
High Court Form G32: Interlocutory application without notice [DOC, 40 KB] Free 3
High Court Form G33: Notice of opposition [DOC, 40 KB] Free 2

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Forms used when serving a defendant overseas (other than in Australia)

FormFiling FeeNumber of copies required
Form 2A: When used for an application for leave to serve statement of claim on an overseas party [DOC, 46 KB] $204.44 3
Form 2B: Request for service overseas [DOC, 31 KB] Free 2
Form 2C: Notice accompanying statement of claim served outside New Zealand [DOC, 28 KB] Free 2
Form 2D: Objection to Court's jurisdiction [DOC, 28 KB] Free 2

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Forms for a case involving a defendant in Australia (and the Trans-Tasman Proceeding Act 2010 applies)

From 11 October 2013, new arrangements for resolving civil disputes with people in Australia came into effect. Arrangements under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 (external link) and associated Employment Court (Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010) Amendment Regulations 2013 (external link) have made resolving civil disputes with people in Australia simpler, cheaper and more efficient.

Find out more about Trans-Tasman Proceedings (external link)

In addition to the Employment Court Regulations forms referred to in the tables above, the following forms should be used when a defendant (or in some cases, a witness) is in Australia and where the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010 applies:

FormFiling FeeNumber of copies required
TTPRR Form 1: Notice giving prescribed information for defendant served in Australia [PDF, 1.7 MB] Free 3
TTPRR Form 2: Defendant's application for stay of civil proceeding [PDF, 321 KB] Free 3
TTPRR Form 3: Request that New Zealand court determine defendant's application for stay of civil proceeding with hearing [PDF, 2.4 MB] Free 3
TTPRR Form 4: Request to appear remotely in hearing of defendant's application for stay of civil proceeding [PDF, 491 KB] Free 3

If you can't access these forms

If you can't use these forms in Microsoft Word or can't open the PDF, you can find them online in Employment Court Regulations 2000 (external link)

Or go to the High Court Rules (external link)

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Fee Waiver in the Employment Court

The changes required to the Employment Court Regulations 2000 to enable the Registrar to waive, reduce and postpone fees will be available later in 2017.

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