Settlement of Issues and Preliminary Questions of Law (continued)
29 (1) Where it appears to the Council in any proceeding that there is a question of law, jurisdiction, practice or procedure that it would be convenient to have decided before proceeding further with the proceeding, the Council may make a decision on the question.
(2) The Council may, while making a decision on a question referred to in subsection (1), order the whole or any portion of the proceeding before it to be stayed.
30 The Council may, in any proceeding, direct orally or in writing the parties or their agents to appear before a member of the Council or the Secretary at a specified time and place for a conference or, in lieu of appearing personally, to make submissions in writing for the purpose of formulating issues and considering
(a) the simplification of issues;
(b) the necessity or desirability of amending the application, reply, intervention or submission for the purpose of clarification, amplification or limitation;
(c) the admission of certain facts or the proof of them by affidavit or the use by any party of documents of a public nature;
(d) the procedure to be followed at the hearing;
(e) the mutual exchange between the parties of documents and exhibits proposed to be submitted at the hearing; and
(f) such other matters as may aid in the simplification of the evidence and the disposition of the proceeding.
Production of Documents
31 (1) Any party to a proceeding may, at any time before the hearing commences, give notice in writing to any other party, in whose application, reply, intervention, submission or response to an interrogatory, reference has been made to a document to produce that document for inspection by the party giving the notice or his agent and to permit him or his agent to make copies thereof.
(2) Any party to a proceeding who fails to comply with a notice given to him pursuant to subsection (1) within 10 days from the receipt thereof shall not thereafter be permitted to put the document referred to in the notice in evidence on his behalf in the proceeding unless the Council directs otherwise or he satisfies the Council that he had sufficient cause for not complying with the notice.
32 Unless otherwise specified in these Rules or by Council, the production and inspection of documents and the attendance of witnesses in proceedings before the Council shall be enforced in the same manner as in the Federal Court of Canada.
33 Where in any proceeding the Council permits interrogatories to be directed to a party, such interrogatories shall be
(a) addressed to that party;
(b) numbered consecutively;
(c) identified with a designation in the form of the following example:
“CCMA (CAC) 15 Jan. 82-103”
(i) the first four letters are an abbreviation or a name, as the case may be, for the party from whom the response is sought,
(ii) the letters in parentheses are an abbreviation for the party seeking the response,
(iii) the date is the date on which the interrogatory was sent, and
(iv) the final number is the number of the particular interrogatory; and
(d) served within the time limit directed by the Council.
Responses to Interrogatories
34 (1) Subject to subsection (2), where in any proceeding the Council permits interrogatories to be directed to a party and interrogatories have been served on the party within the time limit directed by the Council, the party shall,
(2) A party who is unable or unwilling to provide a full and adequate response to an interrogatory shall,
(a) where the party contends that the interrogatory is not relevant, provide a response that sets out reasons in support of that contention,
(b) where the party contends that the information necessary to provide a response is not available, provide a response that sets out the reasons for the unavailability of such information and provide alternative available information that the party considers would be of assistance to the person directing the interrogatory, or
(c) where the party contends that the information sought is of a confidential nature, provide a response that sets out the reasons therefor as required by subsection 35(2),
and file with the Secretary a copy of the response provided.
35 (1) Where a document is filed with the Council by a party in relation to any proceeding, the Council may place the document on the public record unless the party filing the document asserts a claim of confidentiality at the time of such filing.
(2) Any claim for confidentiality made in connection with a document filed with the Council or requested by the Council or any party shall be accompanied by the reasons therefor, and, where it is asserted that specific direct harm would be caused to the party claiming confidentiality, sufficient details shall be provided as to the nature and extent of such harm.
(3) A party claiming confidentiality in connection with a document shall indicate whether he objects to an abridged version of the document on the public record and, if so, shall state his reasons for the objection.
(4) The Council may place a claim for confidentiality referred to in subsection (2) on the public record and copies of such claim may be provided to such parties to the proceeding as the Council may specify.
(5) Where a claim for confidentiality is made in connection with a document that has not been filed by a party, the Council may require the party to file the document and, after the document has been filed, the Council shall
(6) Any party wishing public disclosure of a document filed with the Council in relation to which there has been a publicized claim for confidentiality may file with the Council
(7) A copy of a request for public disclosure referred to in subsection (6) shall be served on the party claiming confidentiality and that party may, unless the Council otherwise determines, file a reply with the Council and serve a copy thereof on the party requesting public disclosure.
(8) Where the Council requests of a party that a document, for which confidentiality has been claimed, be placed on the public record, the party claiming confidentiality shall have 10 days to file a reply, unless the Council otherwise determines.
(9) The Council may dispose of a claim for confidentiality on the basis of the documentation filed or may, if it considers such procedure to be just and proper,
(10) Where the Council is, in respect of the disclosure of a document, of the opinion that, based on all the material before it, no specific direct harm would be likely to result from disclosure, or where any such specific direct harm is shown but is not sufficient to outweigh the public interest in disclosing the document, the document may be placed on the public record.
(11) Where the Council is of the opinion that, based on all the material before it, the specific direct harm likely to result from public disclosure of a document justifies a claim for confidentiality, the Council, may,
36 A hearing shall ordinarily be held in the city of Ottawa, but may be held in such other places in Canada as the Council deems necessary or desirable for the proper conduct of its business.
37 A hearing shall proceed from day to day but may be adjourned from time to time by order or with the authority of the Council.
(2) Unless otherwise prescribed by these Rules or by Council, in its absolute discretion either before or during a hearing, the attendance and examination of witnesses in proceedings before the Council shall be enforced in the same manner as in the Federal Court of Canada.
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