The hearing

Read an overview of what happens at hearings of the Land Valuation Tribunal, including the hearing process, how to prepare, and what happens after the hearing.

Presenting your case

You may choose to present your own case or have a lawyer present it for you. If you can’t afford a lawyer you may be able to get legal aid. A lawyer, your local Citizens Advice Bureau, or Community Law Centre can advise on this.

Before the hearing

A phone conference may be held before the hearing to make sure all parties have all the information they need. There may also be a directions hearing to ensure progress is being made on the case.


You’ll need to prepare a range of documents for the hearing. These should be placed in a page numbered and indexed bundle ready to be presented to the tribunal.

Time and place

We’ll tell you the day and time your case is set down for hearing. You’ll be given at least 10 days' notice. Unless you request a private hearing in advance, hearings are formal and held in public.

If both parties agree, hearings can be heard 'on the papers'. This means the chairperson will make a decision based only on written submissions, without the parties being present.

Failure to appear

If a party fails to appear at the hearing, the tribunal may choose to hear and determine the case in their absence.

Who attends the hearing

  • Tribunal Chairperson (a District Court Judge)
  • 2 tribunal members (1 will be a registered valuer)
  • you and your lawyer or advocate (if you have one)
  • the authority that issued the valuation
  • any other parties to the case.

What to bring to a hearing

  • a copy of your submissions
  • paper and a pen.

What to expect at the hearing

Each party will be given the opportunity to submit evidence and produce witnesses, who may be questioned by the other parties. The tribunal members may also ask questions.

It's important to note that, in any case, the tribunal can:

  • summon witnesses to appear before it
  • require the presentation of any books, papers or other documents relating to the case
  • take evidence by oath or affirmation (except in rare circumstances, evidence at hearings is always given under oath or affirmation)
  • deal with the matter without a party being there, if that party fails to attend without good reason.

The decision

The judge will issue a written decision, generally 5 to 6 weeks from the hearing date. You’ll be sent a copy.

If you’re unhappy with the decision, you can appeal to the High Court.

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