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Minor Proceedings

If your matter can be ascribed a monetary value of $10,000 or less, as the applicant you may choose to have it dealt with as a minor proceeding.

Having it dealt with as a minor proceeding means that at the directions hearing the applicant may proceed with:

  • no hearing (the matter will be dealt with on documents);
  • no legal representation; and/or
  • no appeal.

All parties to the matter must abide by the applicant's choices.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, the minor proceedings procedure does not apply to certain matters, including vocational, guardianship and administration matters, and where the matter cannot be ascribed a monetary value.

What do the choices mean?

No legal representation - means that no one involved in the matter can be legally represented at any stage of the proceedings.

No hearings - means SAT will base its decision on the documents and there will not be a final hearing.

No appeals - means SAT’s decision will be final and cannot be appealed or reviewed.

What's next?

If the applicant elects 'no hearing', the SAT member will ask the parties to the application to:

  • pinpoint the real issues; and
  • supply further information or documents for SAT to consider.
  • If the applicant elects 'no legal representation' or 'no appeal', the matter will proceed as with a directions hearing.

The SAT member may ask the parties to:

  • pinpoint the real issues;
  • name key witnesses;
  • state which documents will be tendered as part of their cases;
  • estimate the time it will take to present their cases at final hearing;
  • consider mediation, compulsory conference or a decision based on documents; and
  • suggest which dates are suitable for further hearings.

Last updated: 19-Dec-2013

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