Final directions hearing

The “final directions hearing” is generally heard about a month before the trial. The aim of the final directions is to make sure that the Prosecution Opening and Defence Response have been filed and there is nothing that will stand in the way of the trial going ahead.

Judges generally check whether funding is in place for the case and what other pre-trial issues may arise (such as s37 and s32 issues – prior sexual history or confidential communications).