Procedural Hearing

A Procedural Hearing is the first Court event in property and financial order cases.

The purpose of the procedural hearing is to identify the key issues in your case and determine the best way to proceed. The Judicial Officer will make procedural orders so your case can proceed to the next stage.

What will happen at the hearing?

At the procedural hearing the Judicial Officer will discuss:

You or your lawyer will need to be able to answer questions on these topics. If you are not legally represented, you can still seek legal advice to understand the orders and issues in your dispute.

Orders that may be made

The Judicial Officer will make procedural orders which can include:

If the parties reach an agreement the Judicial Officer can make orders based on it.

How do I prepare for the procedural hearing?

The parties are expected to have served and filed all the necessary documents, and the procedural hearing will not go ahead if the parties have not complied. The Court will relist the matter for another date and may make costs orders.

Make sure you have complied with the duty of disclosure and have provided all relevant documents to the other party. If you have not already done so, you have until two days before the Procedural Hearing to exchange any documents you have not already disclosed during the pre-action procedures.

Attending the hearing

You (or your legal representative) are required to attend the procedural hearing.

If you or the other party do not attend the procedural hearing, the Court may:

If you can’t attend the hearing, you may want to request to attend by phone or video.

Next steps

The procedural hearing is an opportunity for you to try and negotiate a solution with the other party. If you reach an agreement the Judicial Officer can make consent orders.

If no agreement is reached, your case will be usually listed for a conciliation conference. You will have to follow the orders the Judicial Officer makes.

Last updated: 16-Apr-2018

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