What is a Directions Hearing?
At a Directions Hearing, the Court will make appropriate and convenient directions or orders to assist with the speedy resolution of the proceedings. Directions Hearings are commonly held throughout the proceedings.
In New South Wales Courts, the most common directions or orders made include:
- Filing of pleadings and amended pleadings (such as Amended Statement of Claim, Defence, Cross-Claim, Defence to Cross-Claim);
- Requests for particulars of pleadings and response to those requests;
- Filing of documents;
- Exchange of lay and/or expert evidence (such as affidavits, statements, reports);
- Informal Settlement Conference;
- Alternative Dispute Resolution; and
- Hearing or Trial.
What is a Show Cause Directions Hearing?
If the proceedings have been referred to a “Show Cause” Directions Hearing before a Judicial Registrar, the party who has failed to comply with court orders is to show cause as to:
- why the Plaintiff’s action should not be dismissed for want of prosecution; or
- why the Defendant’s defence should not be struck out; or
- why the Defendant’s cross-claim should not be dismissed for want of prosecution.
What Do We Provide?
Unified Lawyers will act as your Agent and appear at the Direction Hearings and Show Cause Directions Hearings on your behalf.
Our booking system makes engagement easy and our fees are easy on your client’s pocket. Many solicitors have found our services to be cost-effective, and a better use of time.
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