A hearing in the Protection from Harassment Court (PHC) takes place before a judge. The hearing happens only if the dispute was not resolved during the previous stages, which may include a case management conference (for simplified proceedings), pre-trial conference (for standard proceedings for matters commenced before 1 April 2022), case conference (for standard proceedings for matters commenced on or after 1 April 2022), mediation or counselling.
Refer to this checklist on what to prepare before going to court.
Witnesses are to give evidence on facts relevant to the case. Before they testify, they will be required to take an oath or affirmation of truth before the judge.
If your witnesses are reluctant to attend court, you may apply for a subpoena (if your matter commenced before 1 April 2022) or an order to attend court (if your matter commenced on or after 1 April 2022) to compel them to attend.
You should apply as soon as possible before the hearing date. There are fees payable and the application is subject to the PHC's approval.
During the hearing, both you and the other party will take turns to present your case and the supporting evidence.
The judge will direct the flow and manner of the proceedings. The judge may ask you questions or direct you to address relevant issues.
The judge will make a decision based on the merits of the case and according to the law. Find out more about the possible orders the judge may make.
In some cases, the judge may call for further hearing dates, or postpone the judgment to a later date instead.