A hearing or trial takes place when you and the other person involved in your court case, and your lawyers if you have them, go to court to have a judge make a decision. Going to court on your own, without a lawyer, is called representing yourself.
There are things you can do to help yourself to prepare and present your case, and reading the 'Going to Court' workbook
is a good place to start. The workbook contains information on:
getting legal advice
proving your case
what the hearing process is like
what happens at the end of the hearing
The workbook also contains worksheets and checklists that will help you to prepare your case for court.
This workbook was a collaborative effort between the Nova Scotia Judiciary, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Court Services, and Nova Scotia Legal Aid.