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Final Dispute Resolution Hearing

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By the date of the Final Dispute Reolution Hearing (FDR), the Judge will have expected all disclosures and questionaires to have been completed and answered, and for both parties to have made open offers for settlement.

The purpose of the FDR is for the Judge to provide an indication on how your case could be settled if it went to a Final Hearing. By providing such an indiucation, the Judge will encourage both parties, whilst in the court building, to negotiate and come to a reasonable settlement.

This is not a hearing where the Judge can impose a settlement, the role of the Judge is to assist the parties in mediation to hopefully reach an agreement. If an agreement can be reached, the Judge will check the agreement to ensure that it is fair and if approved can finalise a 'Consent Order'.

If agreements cannot be reached, then the Judge will provide directions for the case to proceed to a Final Hearing. The parties must comply with the directions of the order prior to and for the Final Hearing.

The Judge presiding over the FDR cannot conduct the Final Hearing. All discussions at the FDR is conducted on a without prejuduce basis and notes and paperwork from the FDR cannot be used at the Final Hearing.