Application hearings
Application hearings

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Application hearings
  • Preparing for the hearing
  • Application bundles
  • CE-File (electronic working)
  • Telephone hearings and video conferencing
  • Fully video hearings
  • At the hearing
  • Non-attendance by a party
  • Adjourned applications
  • Costs in interim applications
  • more

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

Parties should consider whether their application can be dealt with on the papers as opposed to requiring an oral hearing. For details on the types of hearings where a paper determination may be appropriate or the default position, together with guidance on such applications, see Practice Note: Applications without hearings. The rest of this Practice Note proceeds on the basis that an oral hearing, whether in court or via telephone or video conference, is required.

Preparing for the hearing

Once a party has made an application requesting a hearing, the court will notify the applicant of the time, date and place for the hearing and may at the same time give directions as to the filing of evidence.

You will also need to consider the preparation of the following in advance of the application hearing:

  1. statement of costs—where required, the parties must file a statement of costs prior to the application hearing. See Practice Note: Summary assessment—statement of costs

  2. application bundle (see further below)

  3. skeleton argument

  4. list of issues and persons involved

  5. chronology

  6. list of authorities

  7. draft order (if this has not already

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