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Final Hearing

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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 bundles.

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 examination'.

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 'Final Submissions'.

Once Final Submission have been made, the Judge will announce their Final Order.


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