(1) Except to the extent that the Tribunal, in accordance with the regulations, otherwise orders, a party to proceedings before the Tribunal has the carriage of his or her own case, and is not entitled to be represented.(2) In cases where an amount is claimed or disputed, representation by a legal practitioner is not allowed if the amount does not exceed $10,000 (or such other amount as may be prescribed by the regulations) unless the Tribunal is of the opinion that the exceptional circumstances of the case warrant such representation.(3) If, however, a party to the proceedings has been granted legal assistance under Division 2 of Part 2 of the Fair Trading Act 1987, the parties to the proceedings are entitled to be represented by a legal practitioner.(4) A party to proceedings may, in accordance with the regulations, apply to the Tribunal for permission to be represented in the proceedings or in part of the proceedings.(5) Except as otherwise provided by the regulations, no person other than a legal practitioner is entitled to demand or receive any fee or reward for representing a party in proceedings before the Tribunal.(6) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the Tribunal may appoint any other person it thinks fit to represent a party who appears to the Tribunal to be an incapacitated person.(7) In this section:
incapacitated person means:(a) a minor, or(b) a person who is totally or partially incapable of representing himself or herself in proceedings before the Tribunal because the person is intellectually, physically, psychologically or sensorily disabled, of advanced age, a mentally incapacitated person or otherwise disabled, or(c) any other person of a class prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.