Are You Preparing for a Normal Farm Practices Protection Board Hearing?
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Did you know that a Normal Farm Practices Protection Board (NFPPB) Hearing is less formal than a judicial court setting? This is because each party has the option to represent themselves, however the NFPPB Hearing also has a number of traditional court-like processes:
Consider the following when preparing for a NFPPB Hearing:
Before the day of the hearing you will want to prepare the following:
For more detailed information on these topics you are strongly encouraged to read the Citizen's Guide to the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board produced by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs.
You will receive a Board File related to this case before the NFPPB Hearing. All related parties and Board members will also be receiving a Board File. This is a legal requirement. The Board File contains the original application and any correspondence that has occurred between the parties and the Board prior to a hearing. This ensures that all parties have the same information.
You need to understand that the Board File is not used during the hearing by the Board to make decisions. The NFPP Board can only base its decision on information that is submitted as evidence during the NFPPB Hearing. Evidence can be submitted in different forms: witness testimony, letters, photographs, maps etc.
The Board tries to hold hearings in areas where the complaints originate. Often the Board holds a hearing in the municipal chambers of the local municipality and the tables are typically set up as shown below. Sometimes the Board does a site visit to get a better appreciation of the issues.
This pamphlet is not a substitute for legal advice and representation. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs accepts no responsibility or liability for the outcome of any Hearing in which any party relies on this pamphlet.
This is the second in a series of pamphlets that include:
It is also strongly recommended that you pick up the Citizen's Guide to the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board.
For more information:
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