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​Going to the pre-trial review 

The case will be listed for ​a pre-trial review after you file your defence. The court will send yo​u a notice of the date and time that you will nee​d to at​te​nd ​court. To find out what happens at a pre-trial review, follow the steps in the guide on this page.

Icon: Page with numbered listGoing to the pre-trial review - Step by s​tep guide​​​

Step 1: Find your courtroom

You should arrive at court at least 30 minutes before your pre-trial review. This gives you enou​gh time to find the courtroom that your case is in. If you are running late you should ring the court registry and let them know. The court may strike out (cancel) your defence if you are not in court at the time the case is listed.

You can find your courtroom by looking at the court list. The court list will be stuck on the wall or a noticeboard in the waiting area. If it is a large court there may be lists for many different kinds of cases. Look for the list called 'Civil List'. 

Make a note of the number of your case in the list and check which courtroom your case is in. If you cannot find your case on the list ask a court officer or go to the court registry.

For information about how to find your courtroom, you should watch the video below.​

You can also read a transcriptWord iconof this video (48kb).

This video is available with the audio description​.

Step 2: Attend th​e pre-trial review

After you find your courtroom, you can go in and sit in the gallery (the chairs at the back of the courtroom) or you can wait outside the courtroom. Remember to turn off your mobile phone before going inside.

There are often many cases scheduled on the same day and time as your case and you have to wait until your name is called. Make sure you are close enough to the courtroom to hear the court officer call your name. If you are not there when you are called, your case may be dealt with without you.
Usually a judicial officer called a registrar hears pre-trial reviews but in some courts a magistrate or assessor may be dealing with the pre-trial review. When talking to the judicial officer you call the registrar 'Registrar'. Magistrates are called 'Your Honour' and assessors can be called 'Sir', 'Madam' or 'Assessor'. 

You should sit in the seats at the back of the courtroom and wait until your name is called. When your case is called you should go and sit at the table at the front of the courtroom. This is called the bar table.

Handy hintThe registrar may adjourn (close) the courtroom for morning tea, usually around 11:30am and for lunch, usually from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. You have to leave the courtroom during these breaks.

Step 3: Discuss settlement

One aim of the pre-trial review is to try to settle the dispute.
When your name is called, the registrar will ask if you have had a chance to discuss settlement with the plaintiff. 'Settling' a case means resolving it by agreement. The registrar may also ask some questions about the case and may suggest that you and the plaintiff (or their lawyer) go outside the courtroom to talk about settling the case if you have not already done so.

You may be referred to Community Justice Centres (CJC)​ for mediation. For more information on mediation, see the Mediation topic in the Representing Yourself section of this website. 

If you are able to settle the case, eithe​r at the pre-trial review or at a mediation session or through private discussions, the court can make orders based on your settlement agreement. For more information, see Settling​ the case. 

Step 4: Note any case management orders

Another aim of the pre-trial review is to make sure that you are prepared for the hearing. The registrar will make case management orders.

The registrar may: 

  • ​ask what the issues are
  • ask which witness statements and documents you will use at the hearing
  • set a date for the hearing (this could be between one and four months ahead)
  • tell you to send copies of all witness statements and other evidence that you will be relying on at the hearing to the plaintiff and to the court at least 14 days before the hearing date.

If you want to issue a subpoena you should ask the registrar for leave (permission) at the pre-trial review. For more information, see Subpoenas.

If you want to attend the hearing by telephone, ask for leave to do this at the pre-trial review. Leave will usually only be granted if you live a long way from the court.

If you want to change your defence, you should ask the registrar for leave (permission) at the pre-trial review. For more information, see Changing your defence.

You may have to write the above information on a pre-trial review sheet and give it to the registrar. Blank pre-trial review sheets will be on the bar table. Usually the registrar will fill in the pre-trial review sheet if you do not have a lawyer. 

Instru​ctions: Instructions for filling out a pre-trial review sheet

Sa​​​m​​ple​s: 

You should write down on a separate piece of paper the information written on the pre-trial review sheet and keep it for your own records. It is very important that you follow the orders made by the registrar.

For information on what to expect at the pre-trial review, you should watch the video below. ​​

​​You can also re​​ad a transcriptWord iconof this video (57kb).

This video is available with the audio description.