How to submit a complaint
Our domain dispute resolution process involves three communications: a complaint, a response, and a reply.
Dispute Resolution Service Holiday Closedown Period:
The last working day for filing with the Dispute Resolution Service will be Friday 15 December 2023. We will reopen on Monday 8 January 2024. Any questions or documentation can be emailed to [email protected] and will be responded to after 8 January 2024. We wish you all a wonderful break.
Before submitting a complaint
If mediation is unsuccessful, you will have the opportunity to have an expert make a determination on the dispute. It is important to provide all information and supporting evidence in your initial submission. Please note that although mediation is free, there is a cost of $2000.00 +GST for expert determination.
When your dispute is referred to an Expert, they’ll determine the outcome using the information you provide in the complaint, and any documents you supply to support your case. The Expert bases their decision on two important factors:
- whether you have rights to a name that is identical or similar to the domain name in dispute
- whether the registration of the domain name by the current registrant is unfair.
To succeed, you must prove that ‘on the balance of probabilities, both factors are present.
Review our Dispute Resolution Service Policy which has information on other items to discuss (see paragraph 6). It also gives definitions of terms such as ‘rights in a name" and ‘unfair registration’. Click here to view our policy: Dispute Resolution Service Policy.
Write your argument, which can be up to 2,000 words. We recommend you write your argument first in a Word document or another text editor, and save it. You cannot save your complaint as you go - you need to complete your application in one session.
Gather supporting documents, such as:
- letterhead and advertising material showing your use of the name
- birth or marriage certificates for personal names
- trademarks or designs registered with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand or the Companies Offices.
Access these free resources:
Submitting a complaint
The Expert will only be provided with the information that you and the current registrant (respondent) submit. We encourage parties to submit as much evidence as they can to support what they detail in their complaint.
Ready to submit your complaint? Click here: Submit your complaint.
After submitting a complaint
When you submit your complaint, we check it thoroughly to make sure it complies with our policy and procedure. For example, we need to be sure that the complaint:
- is about a .nz domain name
- names the current registrant correctly
- ensuring that enough information is provided to ensure it can proceed.
If your complaint doesn’t comply, we’ll send it back to you. You have three (3) days to correct it and return it to us. If you don’t meet the deadline, the complaint will be withdrawn, but you can submit a new complaint.
Once we have a valid complaint, we will send it to the current registrant of the domain name (the respondent). We outline the process and provide information along with a copy of the Dispute Resolution Service Policy.
Every time we formally correspond with the current registrant (the respondent), we’ll send a copy of that correspondence to you. Similarly, all correspondence with you will be copied to the current registrant (the respondent).
If the current registrant submits a response, you will be given an opportunity to submit a reply. Timeframes will be explained in correspondence both parties receive.