If VCAT list a hearing at a time that the affected person can’t attend, they can request to adjourn (postpone) the hearing. However, they need to have a good reason for not being able to attend (such as being in hospital).
- It’s best to ask the other parties to agree to adjourn before you put in a request to VCAT. You can use the VCAT form to get their consent in writing: Request for Consent to an Adjournment. And you can still apply for adjournment even if the others don’t consent.
- To request an adjournment you need to do it in writing. It’s best to use the VCAT form: Application for an Adjournment
- You need to provide VCAT with proof of the reason that the affected person can’t attend.
- The request needs to be provided to VCAT by 4:00 pm at least two business days before the hearing.
- You need to send a copy of your adjournment request to all other parties to the VCAT application. However, if some details are confidential or not safe to disclose, you don’t have to give these details to anyone except VCAT. You can attach a separate sheet for VCAT only.
This information is a guide only and should not be used as a substitute for professional legal advice.
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