Telephone Hearings FAQs
How far in advance do I have to book a telephone hearing?
As much notice as possible is best, the recommended booking method is LegalConnect Online where only 1 hour notice is required, alternatively you can use the static online booking form (24 hours’ notice) or if its urgent you can book by telephone up until 20 minutes before the scheduled start time.
How long do telephone hearings last?
Most courts will schedule them for about half an hour, but in general most take about 15 minutes
Can I take part using a mobile telephone?
The simple answer is yes, as a last resort. You should definitely not be travelling at the time though, as this will badly affect reception
Does the Telephone Hearing have to be recorded?
Yes, the call must be recorded and a copy sent to the court.
What information will I need to book a telephone hearing?
You’ll need the date and time of the hearing. The names and contact details of the participants, the name of the court, and any case numbers and file references you wish to attach to the call.
What types of hearings can be conducted using a telephone hearing.
- All allocation hearings, listing hearings, case management hearings, and interim applications with a time estimate of no more than one hour will be included in the pilot;
- Any other application with the consent of all the parties and the agreement of the court shall also be included.
Hearings excluded where:
- all of the parties are unrepresented;
- more than four parties wish to make representations at
the hearing (for this purpose where two or more parties are represented by the same person they are treated as one party);
- the hearing could result in the final determination of the whole or part of the proceedings.