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Attendance at and form of hearing

The court can decide to receive evidence or hold a hearing by means of a video link or the telephone (r 3.1(2)(d)). This power is being more and more regularly used as it is recognised to be more cost effective for parties and the court to hold hearings by such means rather than require parties to attend oral hearings at court. The new form of General Application11 contains provision for the applicant to request a telephone conference and many judges’ chambers are provided with suitable equipment for the purpose.