Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (Tribunal)
Rule 10- Electronic hearings
Electronic hearings to be public
10.01 All electronic hearings shall be open to the public except where the Tribunal determines that the appeal should be heard in the absence of the public.
Factors to be considered
10.02 In deciding whether to conduct an electronic hearing or not the Tribunal may consider any relevant factors, including,
Conversion to another mode
10.03 The Tribunal may convert an electronic hearing to an oral hearing whenever the Tribunal deems it appropriate or to a written hearing with the consent of all of the parties.
Notice of an electronic hearing
10.04 Notice of an electronic hearing shall include,
Objections to the electronic format
10.05 A party who objects to a hearing being held as an electronic hearing shall notify the Tribunal and all other parties to the appeal of its objection within three business days of receiving notice of the electronic hearing.
Response to notice of objection
10.06 All other parties shall send a written response to the objection to the Tribunal within six business days of receiving the objection unless the Tribunal orders otherwise.
Contents of notice of objection
10.07 In a notice of objection the objecting party shall set out the reasons why the objecting party believes that an electronic hearing is likely to cause the objecting party significant prejudice.
Procedure when objection is received
10.08 If the Tribunal receives an objection to the use of the electronic format it may,
Tribunal to provide directions
10.09 For the purposes of clause 10.08 (c) the Tribunal shall provide directions to the other parties regarding the form and content of their responses to the notice of objection and for the reply, if any of an objecting party to these responses.
Terms and conditions
10.10 The Tribunal may, in order to facilitate the holding of an electronic hearing, impose terms and conditions, including specifying who will set up the electronic hearing, and requiring a party who requests an electronic hearing to pay all or part of the cost of providing the facilities necessary for the conduct of the hearing electronically.
Participants to Remain in view of Camera
10.11 While a video conference hearing is in progress all persons at the video conference site must remain in view of the camera at all times.
Hearing in the absence of a party
10.12 If a party to an electronic hearing does not object or participate the Tribunal may proceed without the party's participation and the party will not be entitled to any further notice in the proceeding.
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