Tribunal Practices and Procedures

Course Code: PLBA 2500

Academic Year: 2022-2023

This course examines the practice and procedure before administrative tribunals, including the requisite documentation in commencing proceedings, the burden of proof, the hearing process and the record of the proceedings. Special attention is given to the pre-hearing stage, including timely disclosure and settlement initiatives. This course also covers the nature and purpose of administrative tribunals in carrying out mandates delegated by federal and provincial governments. The students explore the enabling legislation and recent tribunal decisions in evaluating the success of different tribunals in carrying out their mandates. Firsthand insight into the workings of tribunals is gained from observation and critical analysis of local tribunal proceedings. Drawing on this practical experience, students apply the rules of procedural fairness and address evidentiary and substantive issues in simulated administrative tribunal hearings.