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Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure Respecting the Customs Act (Informal Procedure) (SOR/2004-99)

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Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure Respecting the Customs Act (Informal Procedure)

SOR/2004-99

TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT

Registration 2004-04-27

Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Tax Court of Canada in Respect of Appeals Under Part V.1 of the Customs Act (Informal Procedure)

P.C. 2004-496  2004-04-27

Whereas, pursuant to subsection 22(3)Footnote a of the Tax Court of Canada Act, the rules committee of the Tax Court of Canada published a copy of the proposed Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure Respecting the Customs Act (Informal Procedure), substantially in the annexed form, in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on August 30, 2003, and invited any interested person to make representations with respect to the proposed rules;

Therefore, the rules committee of the Tax Court of Canada, pursuant to section 20Footnote b of the Tax Court of Canada Act and subject to the approval of the governor in council, hereby makes, effective on the date of publication in the Canada Gazette, the annexed Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure Respecting the Customs Act (Informal Procedure).

Ottawa, Decembre 16, 2003

Alban GaronDonald G.H. Bowman
Chief JusticeAssociate Chief Justice
Robert Emond
Chief Administrator of the
Courts Administration Services
Michael J. BonnerEdwin G. Kroft
Louise Lamarre ProulxIan MacGregor
Campbell J. MillerMaurice A. Régnier

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, pursuant to subsection 20(1)Footnote c of the Tax Court of Canada Act, hereby approves the annexed Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure Respecting the Customs Act (Informal Procedure).

Short Title

 These Rules may be cited as the Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure Respecting the Customs Act (Informal Procedure).

Interpretation

 The following definitions apply in these Rules.

Act

Act means the Tax Court of Canada Act. (Loi)

assessment

assessment includes a reassessment and an additional assessment. (cotisation)

counsel

counsel means every person who may practise as a barrister, advocate, attorney or solicitor in any of the provinces. (avocat)

electronic filing

electronic filing means the act of filing, by electronic means, through the Court’s website (www.tcc-cci.gc.ca) or any other website referred to in a direction issued by the Court, any document listed on those sites. (dépôt électronique)

Minister

Minister means the Minister of National Revenue. (ministre)

Registrar

Registrar means the person appointed as Registrar of the Court by the Chief Administrator of the Courts Administration Service in consultation with the Chief Justice. (greffier)

Registry

Registry means the Registry established by the Chief Administrator of the Courts Administration Service at the principal office of the Court at 200 Kent Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M1 (telephone: (613) 992-0901 or 1-800-927-5499; fax: (613) 957-9034; website: www.tcc-cci.gc.ca) or at any other local office of the Court specified in notices published by the Court. (greffe)

  • SOR/2007-148, s. 1
  • SOR/2008-299, s. 1(E)

Application

 These Rules apply to appeals brought under Part V.1 of the Customs Act, other than appeals to which the Tax Court of Canada Rules (General Procedure) apply.

Filing a Notice of Appeal

 An appeal referred to in section 3 shall be instituted by filing a notice of appeal, which may be in the form set out in Schedule 4, using one of the following methods:

  • (a) depositing the notice with the Registry;

  • (b) sending it by mail to the Registry; or

  • (c) sending it by fax or by electronic filing to the Registry.

  • SOR/2007-148, s. 2
  • SOR/2008-299, s. 2

Filing of other Documents

 Except as otherwise provided in these rules and unless otherwise directed by the Court, a document other than a notice of appeal may be filed using one of the following methods:

  • (a) depositing it with the Registry;

  • (b) sending it by mail to the Registry; or

  • (c) sending it by fax or by electronic filing to the Registry.

  • SOR/2007-148, s. 3
  • SOR/2008-299, s. 2

Filing Date

 Except as otherwise provided in these rules and unless otherwise directed by the Court, the date of filing of a document is deemed to be

  • (a) in the case of a document filed with the Registry or sent by mail or by fax, the date shown by the date received stamp placed on the document by the Registry at the time it is received; or

  • (b) in the case of a document filed by electronic filing, the date shown on the acknowledgment of receipt issued by the Court.

  • SOR/2008-299, s. 2

Electronic Filing

  •  (1) Except as otherwise provided in these rules and unless otherwise directed by the Court, when a document is filed by electronic filing, the copy of the document that is printed by the Registry and placed in the Court file is deemed to be the original version of the document.

  • (2) A party who files a document by electronic filing shall, if required by these rules or at the request of a party or the Court, provide a paper copy of the document and file it with the Registry.

  • (3) If the Registry has no record of the receipt of a document, it is deemed not to have been filed, unless the Court directs otherwise.

  • SOR/2008-299, s. 2

Appellant’s Address for Service of Documents

  •  (1) The notice of appeal shall also include the appellant’s address for service of documents.

  • (2) The appellant’s address for service may be the address of the appellant or of the appellant’s counsel or agent.

  • (3) A written notice of any change in the appellant’s address for service shall forthwith be provided to the Registry by the appellant or by the appellant’s counsel or agent, which address shall thereafter be that party’s address for service.

  • (4) Until notice of a change of the appellant’s address for service is received at the Registry, any service required to be made on the appellant of any documents pertaining to the appeal shall be made by mail to the address contained in the notice of appeal and shall constitute good and sufficient service on the appellant.

Reply to Notice of Appeal

  •  (1) Every reply to a notice of appeal shall contain a statement of

    • (a) the facts that are admitted;

    • (b) the facts that are denied;

    • (c) the facts of which the respondent has no knowledge and puts in issue;

    • (d) the findings or assumptions of fact made by the Minister when making the assessment;

    • (e) any other material facts;

    • (f) the issues to be decided;

    • (g) the statutory provisions relied on;

    • (h) the reasons the respondent intends to rely on; and

    • (i) the relief sought.

  • (2) Within five days after a reply is filed, the Minister shall serve a copy of it by registered mail addressed to the appellant’s address for service of documents.

Expert Witnesses

  •  (1) A party who intends to call an expert witness at the hearing of an appeal shall, not less than 10 days before the commencement of the hearing, file at the Registry and serve on the other parties a report, signed by the expert, setting out the expert’s name, address and qualifications and the substance of the expert’s testimony.

  • (2) An expert witness may not testify, except with leave of the presiding judge, if subsection (1) has not been satisfied.

Discontinuance

  •  (1) A party who instituted an appeal in the Court may, at any time, discontinue that appeal by written notice.

  • (2) Such discontinuance may be in the form set out in Schedule 8.

Pronouncing and Entering of Judgments

  •  (1) The Court shall dispose of an appeal or an interlocutory or other application that determines in whole or in part any substantive right in dispute between or among the parties by rendering a judgment and shall dispose of any other interlocutory or other application by issuing an order.

  • (2) A judgment shall be dated on the day it is signed and that day is the date of the pronouncement of the judgment.

  • (3) A judgment and the reasons relating to it, if any, shall be deposited with the Registry without delay.

  • SOR/2014-26, s. 48

Costs

  •  (1) The Court may determine the amount of the costs of all parties involved in any proceeding, the allocation of those costs and the persons required to pay them.

  • (2) The Court may award costs not exceeding the amounts listed in section 10 to the respondent only if the actions of the appellant have unduly delayed the prompt and effective resolution of the appeal. The amount of the award shall not exceed the amounts listed in section 10.

  • (3) The Court may direct the payment of costs in a fixed sum, in lieu of any taxed costs.

  • SOR/2008-299, s. 3

 On the taxation of party and party costs, the following fees may be allowed for the services of counsel:

  • (a) for the preparation of a notice of appeal or for advice relating to the appeal, $185;

  • (b) for preparing for a hearing, $250;

  • (c) for the conduct of a hearing, $375 for each half day or part of a half day; and

  • (d) for the taxation of costs, $60.

 
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