Guardianship and Administration

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During the VCAT hearing

During the VCAT hearing, you should:

  • seek leave to appear;
  • remember that the hearing is not adversarial;
  • be aware that the VCAT Member will probably want to speak with the client directly (remember that their role is to facilitate the hearing and that direct communication between the VCAT Member and the client is encouraged because it often increases the client's feeling of autonomy);
  • raise with VCAT the client's activities and interests and make sure that these are taken into account in any order made; and
  • at the end of the hearing, explain the outcome to the client and make sure the client understands what has taken place.