Family Court of Western Australia

Going to Trial

The first stages of your case involve processes designed to help you reach an agreement and narrow the issues in dispute. The vast majority of applications to the court are resolved without going to trial.

This section of the website has information on the trial process.

Following a procedural hearing, where the court will give directions such as:

  • evidence to be filed
  • documents to be exchanged
  • placing your case put on the ‘defended cases’ list.

These are instructions (sometimes referred to as directions) from the court about what each party must do and when. The purpose of these orders is to ensure that the case is properly prepared for each stage of the court process, so the case is resolved as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Procedural orders are made at each stage of the court process, and are standard for that part of the process. Procedural orders can also be made at the request of a party in a case.

Once your case is on the defended list, there will be a:

There is more information on the trial process in the Self-Represented Litigants handbooks.

Last updated: 16-Apr-2018

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