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How to prepare for the hearing
Conciliation Court hearings are informal, but you must be prepared to present your case. Evidence, such as written documents and testimony from witnesses, will only be accepted at the hearing.
- You may bring an attorney with you, but the Court will determine to what extent the attorney may participate.
- Witnesses must be present and ready to testify under oath.
- Written statements and affidavits of persons not present in court may or may not be acceptable. Primary consideration will be given to oral testimony.
- If a witness is reluctant to appear, you may use a "subpoena" (written form from the court) to require them to appear. Subpoenas are available from the Conciliation Court for a fee.
- You must bring all other evidence, such as receipts, repair bills, estimates and other items which relate to the dispute to court on the day of your hearing.
- You can also demand that someone give you documents that relate to the dispute that another person has but is not willing to give to you voluntarily. You do this with a subpoena that you can get from the Conciliation Court for a fee.
- You should prepare a list of facts you wish to present before you go to court.
- Organize your presentation to make it clear and complete.
- Be brief and to the point.
- For a business, your representative for court may need a Power of Attorney. See Concilitation Court rule 512 subd.c for more information.
Click "How to Handle a Conciliation Court Hearing" to watch a 10-minute video that shows what happens during a typical conciliation court hearing, and provides tips for how to prepare for a hearing. It is important to appear on time. A roll call will be taken promptly at the assigned time.
Click Self-Help Center: Conciliation Court for more information and resources on representing yourself in a legal action in Conciliation Court.