chapter  14
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Disputes Resolution

County courts will generally deal with the hard legal issues relating to the interpretation of documents; questions relating to eligibility; technical procedure; forfeiture and eviction; compensation claims; and the enforcement of rights. LVTs deal with the softer issues of valuation; qualitative assessment; reasonableness (in relation to service charges); and other issues requiring the expertise of a valuer or surveyor. With the exception of the small claims jurisdiction, proceedings before a county court remain adversarial and lawyer-driven. Proceedings before an LVT are more inquisitorial and members of the adjudication panel will draw upon their own professional experience to get to the core legal and valuation issues in the dispute. LVT procedures are mostly less formal and, in many cases, will include an inspection of the property by the adjudication panel.