Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (Tribunal)
Rule 24 - Pre-Hearing Conferences
Direction to attend
24.01 The Tribunal, at the request of any person, or on its own initiative, may direct the parties to an appeal and their counsel or agents, as the case may be, to attend one or more pre-hearing conferences for the purpose of considering any matter related to the appeal including,
Notice of a pre-hearing conference
24.02 Notice of a pre-hearing conference shall be given to the parties and such other persons as the Tribunal may direct.
Contents of notice
24.03 The notice shall include,
Exchange of documents
24.04 The Tribunal, or member(s) of the Tribunal designated to preside at a pre-hearing conference, may direct the parties to file and exchange, by a specified date, documents or pre-hearing submissions; may prescribe the issues to be addressed; and may direct that such documents or submissions are not to be made available to the public or the hearing panel.
Format of pre-hearing conferences
24.05 A pre-hearing conference may be held in person, in writing or electronically.
No public access
24.06 A pre-hearing conference shall be closed to the public unless the Tribunal directs that it be open to the public.
24.07 If settlement of any or all of the issues in dispute is a purpose of the pre-hearing conference, the member(s) of the Tribunal designated to preside at the pre-hearing conference should meet with each party separately to encourage settlement.
Limits on use of settlement discussions
24.08 If settlement of any of the issues in dispute is discussed at the pre-hearing conference,
Orders, agreements and undertakings
24.09 Orders, agreements and undertakings made at a pre-hearing conference shall be recorded in a memorandum prepared by or under the direction of the members of the Tribunal who presided at the pre-hearing conference.
Distribution of memorandum
24.10 Copies of this memorandum shall be provided to the parties and to the Tribunal members presiding at the hearing of the appeal and to such other persons as the members of the Tribunal presiding at the pre-hearing conference directs.
Use of information in memorandum
24.11 The orders, agreements and undertakings in the memorandum shall govern the conduct of the appeal and be binding upon the parties to the appeal unless otherwise ordered by the Tribunal.
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