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In preparation for the final
hearing, both parties will have submitted their
final statements and the applicant applicant has
prepared the court bundles. If the applicant is a
litigant in person, and the respondent is
represented, then the respondent must prepare the
At the Final Hearing, the Judge
will accept the statements as 'evidence in
chief', which means that you won't need to
present the evidence in your statements again.
Generally, the process commences
with both parties having the opportunity to ask
questions of each other known as the 'cross
The respondent starts by asking
questions to the applicant on any aspects of
their evidence and then they change over. The
Judge will also ask their own questions.
Once cross examinations have been
concluded, both parties get the opportunity to
sum up their position to the Judge and to clarify
anything that had been stated during evidence
which may not have been clear. This is known as
Once Final Submission have been
made, the Judge will announce their Final Order.