Jargon Buster Planning Law Category - G-I

Informal Hearing

a less formal hearing, chaired by an Inspector, relating to an appeal to obtain planning permission. Such hearings are more in the vein of ‘round-table’ discussion. Parties are typically not represented by lawyers


a document formally setting out criminal charges against a defendant.


a court order requiring people or businesses to do (or not do) specified things. Breach of an injunction is contempt of court for which individuals can be imprisoned and companies be fined or have their assets taken.