Plain Guide to Litigation: Preparation for hearings

3. Role of pleadings

When preparing for hearing, the main thing to remember is that the formal pleadings are the basis of the case which will be considered by the court at that hearing. Pleadings do not include all the various pieces of correspondence between the parties and the court officials. Copies of the pleadings and productions will have been prepared for the members of the court which is to be hearing the case. They will have seen and studied that material. They will not have studied the correspondence files kept by the officials. So it is important that all details of the case which is to be made at the hearing are incorporated in some way into the pleadings.

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