Change a hearing date (adjournment)

A change to the date of a directions hearing Definition A directions hearing is a hearing where a VCAT member decides how a case should be managed and how much time it will take.   , mediation Definition Mediations are confidential meetings where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute, with the help of an impartial mediator. , compulsory conference Definition Compulsory conferences are confidential meetings where parties discuss ways to resolve their dispute with the help of a VCAT member. or hearing Definition The time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. is called an adjournment Definition 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:

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.