Openness & Privacy
The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) is an independent quasijudicial tribunal that operates very much like a court when it conducts proceedings under its enabling statute; the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, and in accordance with the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal Rules of Procedures. This document outlines the Tribunal’s policy on the openness of its processes and describes how it handles issues relating to privacy.
This document outlines the policy of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal with respect to how it uses sound case management principles in order to ensure effective and efficient proceedings.
Case management and pre-hearing conferences are used at the Tribunal to deal with matters which come before it as expeditiously and efficiently as possible.
Joint Book of Documents
In order to ensure that a hearing proceeds expeditiously, the Tribunal will ordinarily require that the parties prepare a Joint Book of Documents for the purposes of disclosure. This request will generally be made once all the parties have had an opportunity to file their statement of particulars and replies to the other parties’ statement of particulars. Parties are encouraged to refer to the suggested template for a Joint Book of Documents, found in Appendix A.
There may be instances where the parties will request an adjournment of the hearing for various reasons. Rule 40 of the Rules of Procedure allows the Tribunal to adjourn a hearing. Because of difficulties in scheduling hearings, the Tribunal’s Procedural Guide provides that the Tribunal will only grant adjournments for serious reasons that are beyond the control of the parties.
This policy sets out guidelines for the use of electronic and wireless devices during the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal’s (Tribunal) hearings. This policy does not apply to persons who require electronic devices to accommodate a disability.
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