What To Expect At A Trial – Podcast Episode 80

Have you ever wondered what actually happens at a final hearing of a matter? On today’s podcast, our Senior Associate Dannielle Young will provide you with some tips and a general overview of the process of a final hearing in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia. 

If a matter is ready to proceed to a final hearing, the Court will allocate a final hearing date and set aside the amount of time to hear the evidence of both parties. This can range from a day or can be longer depending on the circumstances of the matter. 

So, here are a few important tips to know before a final hearing: 

  1. It is important to read all the material you have filed in your matter as you need to be familiar with the evidence that you put on.
  2. After the final hearing, the Judge will deliver their decision and reasons for judgment. This may be on the same day, however, sometimes Judges’ decisions are reserved which means the Judge will take time to consider the evidence given at trial, and will reserve their decision and deliver it at a later date. 
  3. Parties have a right to appeal the decision however there is a time limit on appeals which is 28 days from the date the order was made. 

Final Hearings are long days which can be emotionally and mentally exhausting, so tune in and listen as our Senior Associate Dannielle Young takes you through the process of a final hearing in more detail in the latest installment on the Divorce Collective Podcast.


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