Practice Note requires the parties to the appeal to take certain steps before the first directions hearing, as follows.
PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE DOCUMENTS
The Valuer-General is to provide the applicant with access to documents relevant to the Valuer-General’s consideration and determination of the valuation (paragraph 10).
NOTIFY VALUER-GENERAL OF CONTENDED VALUATION
The applicant is to notify the Valuer-General of the valuation for which the applicant contends (paragraph 11).
MEET FOR MEDIATION
The applicant and Valuer-General are to meet for the purpose of mediation to attempt to resolve the case without the need for a court hearing (paragraph 12).
DISCUSS AND AGREE WHETHER TO RELY ON EXPERT EVIDENCE
The applicant and Valuer-General are to discuss whether they propose to rely on expert evidence, including valuation evidence (paragraph 13).
COMPLETE VALUATION OBJECTIONS INFORMATION SHEETS
The applicant and Valuer-General are to complete a valuation objections information sheet which is to be handed to the Court at the first directions hearing (paragraph 14).
DISCUSS AND AGREE ON DIRECTIONS
The applicant and Valuer-General are to discuss and agree upon the directions which the Court should make at the first directions hearing.
These directions should be based on the usual directions at first directions hearing in Schedule B of the Practice Note.
If the parties do not agree, each party should prepare their own version of the directions they propose.