What to expect after the final hearing

When the final hearingDefinitionThe time and place at which VCAT hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision. is complete, VCAT makes a decision in the case.

Following VCAT's decision

After we make a decision we give an order. We either give the order on the day of the hearing or send it to you afterwards.

The order is a legal document that tells parties how the case has been decided and what action they must take.

All parties must act according to the terms of the order. For example, if we order that a partyDefinitionA person or organisation directly involved in a VCAT case, including a person or organisation that has brought the case before VCAT or who is defending claims made against them. must make a payment, they must do so by the deadline given in the order. If no date is given for the payment, it must be made immediately.

We will arrange for any physical evidence you presented at the hearing (e.g. tapes, merchandise) to be returned as soon as we can.

Written decisions are published online

When we give written reasons for our decision, we send a copy of the written reasons to the parties. They are also available on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website (AustLii). You can also find some high profile decisions on the VCAT website where a case has attracted significant media interest.

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