An interim hearing is where a Judge or Senior Judicial Registrar makes decisions on an interim basis for issues within a matter where the parties cannot agree on arrangements themselves. They usually come about because interim orders are sought in the initiating application or response or by a party filing an Application in a Proceeding.
Following the identification of all relevant written or oral evidence, submissions will be made by each party where the applicant and respondent will argue to the court why they should grant the orders that they are proposing. The Judge or Senior Judicial Registrar will make a decision and enforce orders at the time of the interim hearing or at a later date. Interim Orders (orders made during an interim hearing) are in effect until the matter is resolved on a final basis or a further court event such as mediation or another Application is filed.