Principles of Administrative Justice
The following guiding principles relate to all Administrative Tribunals, their Adjudicators and Staff, affiliated with CCAT and operating in any Canadian jurisdiction.
- Requires that Tribunals be independent in matters of governance and that adjudicators be independent in decision-making;
- Requires that Tribunals, adjudicators and staff be impartial and free from improper influence and interference;
- Requires that Tribunals, adjudicators and staff be without conflicts of interest and act in a manner which precludes any conflict of interest;
- Requires that adjudicators and staff be qualified in their subject matter and administrative justice processes;
- Requires that adjudicators and all participants treat each other with dignity, respect and courtesy.
- Should ensure that the dispute resolution process is accessible, affordable, understandable and proportionate to the abilities and sensibilities of users;
- Should be transparent and accountable;
- Should apply the rules of natural justice;
- Should be expeditious both in process and in rendering decisions, with reasons to be given where appropriate;
- Should where possible, provide an opportunity for informal dispute resolution;
- Should minimize any disadvantages to unrepresented parties;
- Should provide consistency in procedure and adjudicative outcomes.
Approved by the CCAT Board of Directors February 2009.