Practice Direction: Confirmation of Appeal and Hearing Ready Letter
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1.0 This Practice Direction:
- explains the purpose of the Confirmation of Appeal (COA) form
- outlines the time expectations for filing the COA form.
2.0 Purpose of Confirmation of Appeal Form
- to confirm the issues on appeal
- to identify the length of hearing time needed
- to file evidence in support of the appeal
- to advise the Tribunal and other party about witnesses
- to express interest in ADR services
- 3.1 Parties must send any documents they want to use at the hearing with the COA form.
- 3.2 Parties must send copies of the completed form and any attachments to the Tribunal and to any party participating in the appeal.
- 3.3 Parties must notify the Tribunal of any related issue or appeals that they are pursuing at the WSIB.
4.0 Time to file – Appellant
- 4.1 Appellants must file the COA form no later than 24 months from the time they first wrote to the Tribunal.
- 4.2 The Tribunal will remind appellants and their representatives to send the form twice during the 24 month period.
- 4.3 If the completed COA form is not filed within 24 months, the Tribunal may close the appeal. (See Practice Direction: Closing Appeals by the Tribunal)
- 4.4 Appellants must provide a completed COA form within 24 months even if they do not receive case materials from the Tribunal.
5.0 Time to file – Respondent
- 5.1 The respondent must complete and file a COA form within two weeks after it receives the appellant’s completed COA form.
6.0 Hearing Ready Letter
- 6.1 In most appeals, Tribunal staff will prepare a hearing ready letter that identifies the issues that will be considered at the hearing, and the witnesses that will testify.
- 6.2 When parties receive the letter, they must review it and advise the Tribunal of any concerns (especially if they believe the issues are not correctly identified).
- 6.3 Parties must advise the Tribunal promptly of any concerns to avoid delaying the appeal.
7.0 Related Practice Directions
- Disclosure, Witnesses and the Three-Week Rule
- Closing Appeals by the Tribunal