What is the difference between an ‘action’ and an ‘application’?

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An action is when you take action in instituting legal proceedings. This concludes with a trial where the court hears oral evidence when deciding on the outcome. An application is a legal process where a particular form of relief is requested and the court makes a final decision based on affidavits and documents, not oral evidence. This means that an action can have multiple different types of applications brought during the course of the matter which are related to the action.

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