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You will need to prepare for your hearing so that you can present the best possible case. It is recommended that you:

Comply with all NTCAT orders

Make sure you have complied with any orders that have been made by NTCAT. 

In some circumstances you may need evidence demonstrating your compliance with an order - for example an order that you serve a document on the other party by a particular date.

Be Prepared

Hearings are stressful. 

The best way to minimise stress, and to give yourself every chance of achieving the best outcome, is to be prepared.  That means thinking about your case and how you will present it in a way that your strongest points are understood.


Usually you will have provided copies of your evidence to NTCAT and the other party prior to the hearing. 

Think about how you will refer to that evidence at the hearing (for example: hard copies organised in a folder or electronic copies on a laptop computer or tablet).

If you are calling witnesses, make sure they will be available on the hearing day.

The issues

To help you keep focus at the hearing, prepare a list of the important issues, along with the evidence that relates to those issues and the submissions you want to make about them.

Avoid being distracted by issues that have nothing to do with the dispute.

Prepare a chronology

It may be helpful for you and the presiding tribunal member if you make a written list of the important facts, dates and events relevant to your case.