You will need to attend the hearing if there are issues with your probate or letters of administration application. The court may clarify the issues or ask you to provide further information.
You can find the hearing details at the top left-hand corner of the front page of the sealed version of the Originating Summons issued by the court.
It is compulsory for you to attend the hearing unless the court has informed you that your application has been granted. If you do not attend the hearing, your application may be struck out.
You will be informed by the court through eLitigation or post if you do not need to attend the hearing.
If you wish to change the court date, you have to file a Request for Re-Fixing/Vacation of Hearing Dates via eLitigation at least 3 days before the scheduled hearing date.
If the court grants your request, a new date will be arranged. Otherwise, you are required to attend the court session as scheduled.
Hearing fees are payable to the court when the case is set down for hearing (when the parties are ready for a hearing).
The fees are usually paid by the plaintiff (the party who filed the application) or the party who applies for the hearing date. The fees depend on which court hears the case.
Hearings in the Family Courts
Hearings in the Family Division of the High Court
Find out more about situations where you may get a refund of the hearing fees.
Some court sessions may be conducted virtually. The court will inform you if you do not need to attend court in person. Find out more about virtual court sessions.
If you are asked to attend court physically, you should:
During the hearing, you will be able to present your case to a judge. The judge may ask you questions to sort out issues with your application.
The court will decide if your application is approved.
If your application is approved
The court will approve your application. After the court has also approved all relevant supporting documents including the Schedule of Assets, the court will issue the grant.
You will be appointed as the executor or administrator of the deceased's estate.
If your application is not approved
You will not be issued a grant and will not be able to manage the deceased's estate.
If you are not satisfied with the court's decision, you may appeal by filing a Notice of Appeal. You need to file and serve the notice within 14 days after the date the order was made.
Find out more about appeals.
Refer to the Probate and Administration Toolkit (PDF, 1652 KB)