A Tribunal hearing is akin to the traditional Court hearing whereby each party is called to give evidence and a Tribunal Member, acting in a capacity not unlike a Judge, hands down their decision.

Generally, each party prepares and exchanges Witness Statements and/or Expert Reports. In addition, there are some proceedings which are peculiar to the VCAT such as the practice of “Hot Tubing” Expert Witnesses to formulate and agree on a common position between the parties.

As to the matter of costs, it is the general position that the losing party will be required to pay the costs of the successful party on a scale- hence the actual amount of legal costs incurred is not normally received in full.