anyone have any experience using District Court to lodge a civil claim for an unpaid loan?
Did you file the papers yourself or pay a lawyer to do it?
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lokhor: You should never loan money to a friend, only give gifts.
mattwnz: Disputes tribunal? Or is it too large for that?
You could find out about similar consequences people have suffered by not paying the debt back (goods reposessed, community service + paying back the debt and all fees needed to recover it) and let them know that if they do not begin to pay back the debt at a rate agreed upon, that the matter will go to District Court where they will be legally forced to comply.
I imagine you've probably done all these things. Here is a link that tells you how civil debt works http://www.justice.govt.nz/fines/civil-debt/paying-your-civil-debt