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At the first hearing I, the plaintiff, had to explain and document ( photographs, invoices from a new contractor, etc.) the individual issues/complaints, that I listed on my form against the defendant. I find it stressful that the entire back and forth will have to be re-communicated and re-hashed again. The defendant was angry, obviously still is, and has appealed the original decision that was in my favor. It was my understanding that only the complaint that the now plaintiff addressed on his appeal form, would be brought before the hearing judge.to be discussed. I previously visited the court to ask advise on what the procedure was for the payment hearing ( now cancelled of course) and they were not very friendly or helpful and that is why I am taking this tactic to better understand what is expected of me at an appeals hearing.
Thanks. I intend to only bring phone records if hopefully, I am sucessfully able to obtain them. In some cases do parties bring phone records and do they have a strong bearing on the case? Of course, sensibilities tell me I should have my previous documentations (proof to substantiate my claims) Even the first hearing was not a comfortable one. The magistrate was quite intimidating, cutting the parties off if verbal explanations were not acceptable in some way. My biggest first suprise was the result of the first hearing arrived in two days as opposed to two weeks as the magistrate had indicatated. My second astonishing surprise was that the defendant had appealed!!