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A hearing is where you and the employer each present your side of the story to the judge and ask them to make a decision about your case.
A hearing is the next step if you and your employer cannot come to an agreement at mediation. A hearing date will be set on a different day, usually several months after the mediation has taken place.
At a hearing, you will be given a chance to present your evidence (including any witnesses). The employer will also have the chance to present their evidence. After this, a judge will make a decision in your case and make orders. The orders made could include an order that:
Before the hearing you should start preparing your case. The Federal Circuit Court will make directions telling you:
Step by step guide: Preparing for the hearing
Before you go to the hearing, you need to understand how a hearing works and plan how you are going to present your case.
Step by step guide:
Presenting your case at the hearing
For answers to commonly asked questions, see
Going to the Federal Circuit Court - Frequently Asked Questions