Practice Note requires the parties to the appeal to take certain steps before the first directions hearing, as follows.
CONSIDER IF IT ACCEPTS DETERMINATION OF COMPENSATION
The acquiring authority is to consider and decide whether or not it accepts the Valuer-General’s determination under the
Just Terms Act of the amount of compensation to be offered to the applicant (paragraph 16(a)).
DISCUSS AND AGREE WHETHER TO RELY ON EXPERT EVIDENCE
The applicant and acquiring authority are to discuss whether they propose to rely on expert evidence and, if they do, prepare an agreed statement or, if the parties do not agree, each party’s own statement as to the disciplines in respect of which the parties propose to call expert evidence (paragraph 16(b)).
DISCUSS AND AGREE ON DIRECTIONS
The applicant and acquiring authority are to discuss and agree upon the directions the Court should make at the first directions hearing.
These directions should be based on the usual directions at first directions hearing in Schedule A of the
If the parties do not agree, each party should prepare their own version of the directions they propose.