The Judge will have taken time to study the claim to understand the case before the trial takes place. During a trial each party will be given the opportunity to present their own case and to cross examine the story and evidence given by the opposing party. During the hearing the Judge may also wish to ask their own questions to either party.
Representation is not obligatory and in some circumstances it may not be necessary if the case is expected to be particularly straightforward. If you wish then we can advise as to whether we believe it would be beneficial for you to have a barrister present at the hearing based on information that we gain in the run up to the trial itself, or if you believe that you would be more comfortable having a legal professional represent you then we can discuss the associated costs.
When the hearing reaches a close, the Judge will come to a decision on the case. This final stage is known as Entering Judgment. If the debtor does not comply with the judgment then it can be legally enforced in a number of ways.