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Directions and Review Hearings

Directions and review hearings are held to consider what further steps need to happen to help the court reach a decision, to progress matters, or establish if certain matters may be agreed by the parties.

If specific investigations are ordered (such as welfare reports) or activities ordered (such as interim contact or progressive increases in contact, supervised contact etc), the court may order a review hearing to see how matters have progressed, and whether the parties agree with the findings and recommendations of any welfare officers or experts involved.

Case management decisions may also be made, including deciding what further steps are required to progress matters, or evidence needed to help inform the court's final decision.

A review hearing may also be listed to be heard after a final order has been made, to check whether arrangements are working and orders are being adhered to. In such circumstances, the court may give leave to parties to notify the court if a review hearing is not necessary (e.g. any order made is being complied with).

You may decide to enter in a position statement (see our guide on Position Statements before any hearing.

A court bundle may also be required for these hearings. The content will depend on the matters being discussed. See also our guide on Court Bundles.

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