Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (Tribunal)

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Rule 20 - Disclosure of Documents

List of documents or things

20.01 The Tribunal may require that each party to an appeal disclose to all other parties the existence of every document or thing that it will refer to or give in evidence at the hearing at least eight business days before the day of the hearing or as otherwise ordered by the Tribunal.

Disclosure of documents

20.02 The Tribunal may require each party to an appeal to deliver to all other parties, and to the secretary of the Tribunal, copies of all documents that the party will produce or enter as evidence at the hearing at least seven days before the day of the hearing or as otherwise ordered by the Tribunal. In the case of an electronic hearing all documents to be introduced at the hearing must be filed with the Tribunal and the parties at least five business days before the day of the hearing. If a document is not filed prior to the hearing the Tribunal will only allow filing with the consent of all parties.

Order for disclosure of documents

20.03 The Tribunal may at any stage of a proceeding order a party to disclose to any other party the existence of all documents and things that the party will refer to or enter as evidence at the hearing.

Inspection of things

20.04 A party to an appeal shall make available for inspection by any other party all things, other than documents, that the party intends to produce or enter as evidence at the hearing at least five business days before the day of the hearing.

Order for inspection or testing

20.05 The Tribunal may, at any stage in a proceeding, order a party to make available for inspection or testing any thing, other than a document, that the party will produce or enter in evidence at the hearing subject to such terms and conditions and within such period of time as the Tribunal deems advisable.

Failure to disclose

20.06 If a party fails to comply with any of the requirements of Rule 19 the party may not refer to a document or thing which it has failed to disclose or introduce it into evidence at the hearing without the consent of the Tribunal which may be granted on such terms and conditions as the Tribunal considers just.


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Creation Date: 22 November 2010
Last Reviewed: 22 November 2010