PLT353 - Tribunal Practice and Procedure

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Subject Title
Tribunal Practice and Procedure

Subject Description
This subject introduces the students to the general practice and procedure before administrative tribunals. Students learn to identify and interpret the enabling legislation of administrative tribunals. Students review the legislation, practice and procedure of various tribunals before which a paralegal may represent a client.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable to the Paralegal Diploma Program offered through the School of Legal and Public Administration..

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply general practice and procedure before administrative tribunals (e.g. burden of proof, who hears cases, record of proceedings, documentation, tribunal process).
  2. Identify and interpret enabling legislation of administrative tribunals.
  3. Participate in simulated tribunal hearing processes (e.g. motions, applications, hearings, decisions).
  4. Analyze and assess proceedings in a tribunal hearing (e.g. opening statements, direct examinations, cross examination, re-examination, closing arguments).
  5. Identify nature of evidence introduced at a tribunal hearing.
  6. Compare and contrast the legislation, practice and procedure related to the tribunals and services before which a paralegal may represent a client (e.g. Social Benefits Tribunal, Licence Appeal Tribunal, Assessment Review Board, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal; including service requirements, time limits, parties, witnesses, evidence, types of relief the Board can grant).
  7. Display an attitude of professionalism, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.