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An interlocutory hearing or a directions hearing is usually a brief hearing held by an AAT Member to talk about a single issue early in the review.

Interlocutory hearings may be held at any time during the review to deal with such things as whether the AAT has jurisdiction (or the power) to deal with your application, extensions of time, questions about the relevant law and summons objections.

Directions hearings may be held at any time to deal with procedural matters or to clarify issues. A directions hearing may also be held to progress a matter where a party has failed to comply with a requirement under law or failed to comply with a direction made by us.  

After the directions hearing or interlocutory hearing, we may prepare a timetable to schedule the next steps. This can include a case conference, conciliation, or hearing.