Hearing / hearing date
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This phrase is used in court procedure and means the time and date allocated for a case to be officially heard in court or at a tribunal. There can be different hearings in one case (for example a first hearing and a proof hearing) and each hearing will happen on a different day. Each individual part of a case can be called a hearing. The phrase 'Children's hearing' is the name of that particular tribunal as well as referring to the time when a case is dealt with. In small claims cases, the hearing date is seven days after the return day.