The Hearing Tribunal consists of four individuals – two regulated members and two public members.
The Hearing Tribunal’s role and responsibility is to hear submissions (oral/written submissions, evidence, witness testimony, etc.) from the practitioner and the College with respect to the charges and determine if the charges have been proven.
During the course of the hearing, the Hearing Tribunal may respond to questions about the procedure used in conducting the hearing or ask clarifying questions of the investigated registered practitioner, College legal counsel, or witnesses. However, it must not respond to questions regarding the merits of the complaint or standards of practice. Decisions regarding the merits of the complaint are made once all evidence has been submitted and considered by the Hearing Tribunal.
The Hearing Tribunal will have legal counsel present to:
- Provide the Hearing Tribunal with advice on issues that may arise at the Hearing
- Review the Hearing Tribunal’s reasons to ensure legal principles are met
- Assist the Hearing Tribunal in writing the decision