Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (Tribunal)

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Rule 15 - Language of Hearings

Hearings may be held in English or French

15.01 The Tribunal shall conduct its hearings in English or in English and French in accordance with the French Language Services Act.

Use of French

15.02 The Tribunal may permit a person to give his or her evidence in French or make submissions in French if the person so requests, in accordance with Rule 15.03.

Where French is used

15.03 An appellant, respondent or other party who wishes to give or call evidence or make submissions in French must, at least 15 business days before the hearing, request the Tribunal to provide French language translation of the evidence and submissions at the hearing. The Tribunal has the discretion, in appropriate circumstances, of providing a French speaking panel for the hearing instead of French language translation.

Interpreters for other languages

15.04 Where a party requires an interpreter in a language other than English or French, the party shall notify the Tribunal, and provide an interpreter at their own expense. An interpreter shall be competent and independent of the parties and shall swear or affirm that he/she will interpret accurately.

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