The matter is usually heard on the date noticed for hearing. However, the date of the hearing can sometimes be continued (postponed). In such instance, the matter is heard on the date that the actual hearing takes place. This is date that the parties appear to argue the motions. It is not necessarily the same date that the judge makes a ruling (which could be later).
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A matter is set for hearing as noticed. That is when the matter is heard.
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As the other responders indicated, a matter is typically heard when it's been noticed for a hearing. This usually means the parties appear on that date and time to argue. The papers submitted in advance (the opposition and reply) of oral argument are intended to inform the Judge of the respective parties positions, and allow each side the benefit of time to review and prepare any rebuttal at the time of argument. If the matter is continued, it would be heard on the actual date the parties argue it. In some courts, the Judge can take a case under submission without oral argument (i.e., the Judge would take the hearing off calendar and indicate a that she will make a decision based on the papers submitted). In this case, the matter is deemed submitted (not heard) on the date the Court takes it under submission.
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