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What to expect

A Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) hearing takes place before a tribunal judge. The tribunal judge will direct the flow and manner of the proceedings as they deem fit.

Note
You will receive a notification via email 3 days before and via SMS 1 day before your hearing.

Attendance at the hearing is compulsory. If you are unable to attend your hearing on the given date, you may request to change your court date on the Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS), subject to the approval of the CDRT.

Parties involved in a neighbour dispute claim will each have a chance to present their case during the hearing.

In general, the order of proceedings will be as follows:

  1. The party who filed the claim (the plaintiff) will give his evidence, followed by their witnesses.
  2. The party against whom the claim was made (the respondent) will then give their evidence, followed by their witnesses.
  3. The plaintiff and the respondent will be given the opportunity to cross-examine the other party's witnesses.

After each party has presented their case

At the end of the hearing, the CDRT may give its order immediately or reserve its order to be given on a different date.

Find out the orders the CDRT can make.

Refer to Example cases of neighbour disputes to read about past cases heard by the CDRT and the orders the court made.

Need help?

The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.

Find out more

Resources

Refer to the Guide to Neighbour Dispute Claims (PDF, 4099 KB).
Refer to Paragraph 141 and 141A of the State Courts Practice Directions for community dispute resolution.
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2021/07/23

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