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vincen View Drop Down
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  Quote vincen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Court judgement without notification
    Posted: 07/November/2017 at 16:56
Hi, Can someone offer some suggestions. My daughter was discussing her huge Tolls total over a period of months and twice made offers to pay off her balance. Tolls' collection people told her they will discuss and get back to her. They never did. Now she has been informed that they have taken the matter to court and has had judgement granted against her.
She has not been in contact with either Tolls or there representatives, are they entitled to inform her beforehand?. Can she appeal her judgement? What is the best course of action for her to take? She was and still is happy to make a payment arrangement then but they never came back to her.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/November/2017 at 08:34
Are you sure she was never served a summons to appear in court? Did the chap who she was speaking to, hand her any documents? Did she read them?

Do you know how she has come to run up such a debt? Does she not have a tag in her vehicle? Or has she failed to pay her tag account?

Perhaps when she was approached and made an off to pay this off she should have started paying then. Bit late for that now.

She will need to receive a copy of the judgement before she can do anything. Once she has that she should see a solicitor.

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  Quote Eddy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/November/2017 at 14:21
Originally posted by citizen-joe

.....Do you know how she has come to run up such a debt? Does she not have a tag in her vehicle? Or has she failed to pay her tag account?....


Probably a bit late now (since there's already been judgment made) but there was an item in the news yesterday (I'm in Brisbane) about excessive administrative charges on issuing reminders for late payment. Apparently some people have racked up most of their debts on these charges alone. There is an Act that states that they can only charge the real cost for the admin as a late fee. Toll companies don't (automatically) comply with this law but all you have to do is point out the Act to them and ask them to substantiate the cost of their late fees, and presto, you could get a huge reduction in the debt.

But like I said, it's probably too late now, and I'm not sure anyway if this in applicable in this case.

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  Quote vincen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/November/2017 at 12:34
Thanks for your suggestions.

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