A change to the date of a directions hearing, mediation, compulsory conference or hearing is called an adjournment.
A change of date may not be possible
VCAT may not agree to change the date, even if all the parties consent. While we try to meet such requests, it may not be possible to change the date.
Make your request as early as possible
Make your request for a change of date as early as possible. Clearly state the reasons for your request. The reasons need to be exceptional and unexpected, such as a sudden serious illness or bereavement in the family. You must provide documents to support your request, for example a medical certificate.
How to make a request
To request a change of date:
- submit an Adjournment application form, clearly stating the reasons and providing supporting documents
- ask the other parties if they consent to the change of date. If they do, ask them to give us written confirmation or complete a Request for consent to an adjournment form and return it to us immediately by email or fax.
Do not assume the date has changed. Your hearing will go ahead as originally planned, unless we contact you to confirm a new date and time.
Cases cannot be adjourned indefinitely.
Learn more in the Common Procedures Practice Note PNVCAT1.