Preparing for a hearing

What should I bring to the hearing?

You should bring all the materials you will need for the hearing.  This should include all relevant documents (whether or not you have previously provided them to the Tribunal). Your evidence may include photographs where applicable and, if necessary, the witnesses who have information relevant to the issues in dispute.  

If you have witnesses who will give evidence in person, please ensure that they are available to attend on the day of the hearing. If the other side has witnesses, you should think about what you would like to ask them.

Please note, once the hearing is over, you may not be able to reopen the case or provide further evidence.

Where will my session be held?

You will be provided with a notice stating when and where a conference or hearing will be held. This notice will be provided by email or post.

If you are located in regional South Australia, the Tribunal will consider holding a hearing at a location closer to you or will conduct the hearing by video conference or teleconference.

SACAT’s 'upcoming hearings and conferences' are published at the end of each working day on the SACAT website (for the following days’ mediations and hearings). 

What should I wear?

While formal clothes are not necessary, you should be dressed in a neat and presentable manner.

What if I cannot attend a hearing?

If you cannot attend a hearing, please let us know why you cannot attend as soon as possible. Depending on what is just and fair to all parties, it may be possible to reschedule the hearing.

The Tribunal is more likely to reschedule a hearing if:

  • the other party agrees in writing to the hearing being rescheduled;

  • the request is made a reasonable time before the hearing date; or

  • a good reason is stated and supporting documentation is provided.

 If the Tribunal refuses your request, the hearing will go ahead.