8203. Hearings

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    1. A hearing must be conducted in accordance with Rule 8200 and the Rules of Procedure.

    2. A hearing panel may hold any hearing and make any decision that is authorized under Rule 8200 and the Rules of Procedure.

    3. A hearing panel may admit as evidence in a hearing any oral testimony and any document or other thing that is relevant, whether or not given or proven under oath or affirmation or admissible as evidence in a court.

    4. A hearing panel may require testimony or other evidence to be given or proven under oath or affirmation.

    5. A hearing under Rule 8200 must be open to the public, unless it is:

      1. a settlement hearing, in which case it will be opened to the public only after a settlement agreement has been accepted by the hearing panel,

      2. a hearing to consider a temporary order under section 8211,

      3. a hearing or part of a hearing where the hearing panel is of the opinion that the desirability of avoiding disclosure of intimate, personal or other matters outweighs the desirability of allowing the hearing or part of the hearing to be open to the public, or

      4. a hearing held in Québec where the hearing panel, on its own initiative or on the request of a party, orders the hearing or part of the hearing to be closed or prohibits the publication or release of documents in the interest of good morals or public order.

    6. A party to an enforcement proceeding may be represented by counsel or, where permitted by law, an agent.

    7. A hearing panel must provide written reasons for a decision made by it, including a decision accepting or rejecting a settlement agreement under section 8215, but not including an evidentiary or other procedural ruling, made in the course of a hearing, that is not dispositive of the issues raised in the hearing.

    There is no history log for this rule.

    There is no history log for this rule.