Glossary of Terms
The document which compels a person charged with an offence to appear before the court on a particular day.
This is a contested hearing where a person applies to be released on bail pending the outcome of their matter through the court.
When a matter comes before a court for a preliminary hearing of the matter.
When a matter in the Magistrates’ Court is contested it may be listed for a Contest Mention. At a Contest Mention the issues in dispute will be discussed by the lawyers and the Magistrate. The matter will either be adjourned for a Directions Hearing, Contested Hearing or a Plea Hearing.
The hearing of the matter when witnesses are called and a Magistrate will make a finding of guilty or not guilty.
When a matter is complex a court may order that a Directions Hearing be listed in order to deal with procedural issues so that the matter proceeds more smoothly when it progresses to a Contested Hearing.
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