What do I need to do at a Directions Hearing?
You must attend the Directions Hearing in person or by telephone
Usually a Tribunal Member will consider a number of different
complaints one after another at a Directions Hearing. There will
probably be a different complaint having a Directions Hearing
before or after your matter. Even though your matter will be set
down for hearing at a particular time, it might start later if
the matter before it is running late. You must wait until the
Tribunal reaches your matter.
If you do not attend in person or by telephone, the Directions
Hearing will go ahead without you and the Tribunal Member may
order Directions in your absence.
Answer any questions that the Tribunal Member asks you
The Tribunal Member may ask you questions about what has happened
so far in relation to the complaint. You should listen carefully
to any questions and answer them as clearly as you can. The Tribunal
Member will ask you more questions if necessary.
Remember, this is not the time
to argue about why your case is right and the other side is wrong.
This happens at the Final Hearing.
If you dont understand something, ask the Tribunal Member to
explain it to you
The Tribunal Members understand that self-represented people
are not lawyers and will explain what you need to do.
Tribunal Members cannot give you legal advice or advice about
how to prove your case.
However, if you dont understand what has been said or what Directions
have been ordered, you should tell the Tribunal Member and ask
her/him to explain it to you further.
You should be polite
Even though you may feel very angry about the complaint, you
should be polite at the Directions Hearing and listen to what everyone has to say.
If you can, make a note of the Directions which the Member orders
The Tribunal Registry will write to you after the Directions
Hearing and tell you what Directions have been ordered. However,
sometimes things need to be done very quickly, so you may find
it useful to make a note of the Directions which are ordered.
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