I'm confused. If you receive a statement of claim, and you file a defence within 28 days, does that mean you have to attend court? Do you need to pay anything for filing a defence? Basically, the local council has started sending rates to my property address after I left. Online, I updated my email address and elected to have publications sent there. On our online profile, we couldn't edit any other contact detail. 8 months after I left, my property manager notified me about these rates and that a statement of claim had been filed. I tried to resolve this directly with the council, but they already filed the statement of claim. I paid the fees for each quarter, but I am disputing the interest and their legal fees (in total $564). If I file a defence, what are the implications? I'm interstate for the next year.