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Practice Note #6 –
Mandatory Case Management Conference

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1. Purpose

The purpose of this Practice Note is to explain the procedure encompassing the mandatory case management conference in preparation for a hearing.

2. Background

Case management conferences are mandatory in all cases where there is a hearing. Case management conferences ensure that the hearing is efficient, just, fair and expeditious. This step prior to the hearing allows the parties to discuss procedural issues and make observations about the conduct of the hearing. Moreover, in certain cases, the case management conferences allow the parties to begin discussions that could lead to the resolution of the case.

3. Statement

Unless otherwise provided, the case management conference must be organized as quickly as possible. It may be held in whole or in part by teleconference, videoconference or any other electronic means of communication.

During the conference, the parties are invited to present observations, submit the number of witnesses it wishes to present including expert witnesses, present the evidence on which they will rely and raise preliminary motions including constitutional questions. Moreover, the parties will be invited to discuss a joint hearing plan to prepare the conduct of the hearing.

Following any mandatory case management conference, the Tribunal renders an order confirming the terms and conditions for the case management and the conduct of the hearing. The orders rendered by the Tribunal are binding on the parties throughout the conduct and management of the case.

4. Approval

Practice Note #6 is approved by the Tribunal’s Chairperson on September 28th, 2020.

Luc Belanger signature

Luc Bélanger
Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal