If you and the defendant did not settle your case at the pre-trial review, your case will be listed for a hearing. At the hearing a magistrate or an assessor will consider all the evidence and submissions from you and the defendant, and then make a decision.
You can still negotiate with the defendant and try to settle your case before the hearing.
Preparing for the hearing
Before you go to the hearing it is important that you give yourself enough time to prepare. You should:
- prepare your witness statements and other evidence
- send your witness statements and other evidence to the defendant and the court
- receive witness statements and other evidence from the defendant
- file and serve subpoenas if the court gave you permission to do so
- plan what you are going to say in court
- plan what you are going to take to court.
For more information, see Preparing for the hearing.
Going to the hearing
After you have prepared your case it is important to think about how you are going to present it. You may need to think about:
- what to do and say in the courtroom
- whether you need to ask for an adjournment
- whether there is any chance of settling the case
- how you want to present your evidence.
For more information, see Going to the hearing.