171. Date of hearing.

E.     Hearing of the Petition

171.     Date of hearing.

The petition may not be heard until at least 14 days have elapsed since it was served on the debtor1. The court may, however, on such terms as it thinks just, hear the petition at an earlier date, if it appears that the debtor has absconded, or the court is satisfied that it is a proper case for an expedited hearing, or the debtor consents to a hearing within the 14 days2.

Any of the following may appear and be heard: (1) the petitioning creditor;