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First hearing

In care proceedings, the first court hearing is called the case management hearing. The court will not make a final decision at the first hearing. It will give directions about how the case should be prepared for the final hearing. This will include what evidence and reports the court will need to make its decision. It may also make interim (temporary) decisions at this hearing as to where a child should live between that hearing and the final hearing.

In private law proceedings, the first hearing is called the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment.

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