A hearing will usually be recorded digitally by the court. Parties are not permitted to record hearings. A party may obtain a transcript of such a recording on payment of the proper transcribing charges. Requests for a transcript should be made to the Courts Recording and Transcription Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice. It is still important that the parties and/or their representatives keep a careful note of the submissions and the decisions which are given as the hearing proceeds. Audio recordings are not released to parties or their representatives.
Having considered the evidence, both oral and written, and having heard argument, the court will normally give a decision orally in respect of each item as and when it deals with it. On any complicated matter that may arise, the Costs Officer or Costs Judge may reserve his decision and, if he does so, his decision on that matter may be delivered either at a subsequent hearing or in writing.
Often, the final matter dealt with at the hearing is the award of the costs of the detailed assessment proceedings (see Section 16).
Some information about the possibility of bringing an appeal against any decision made, and the time limit in which to do so, is given in Section 30.