1.5.5 Suggested Hearing Procedures

1. The GFC AAC shall conduct hearings in a manner which, in its sole discretion, it considers proper. All determinants of process shall be made by the Chair. The hearing will normally follow these procedures, which it may vary:

a. The Appeals Coordinator shall present the appeal to the GFC AAC and introduce the parties.

b. The Chair shall explain the rules of decorum, review the procedures to be followed, and confirm the jurisdiction of the GFC AAC. The Appellant and Respondent may make statements, present evidence and ask questions as noted in this section. All questions should be directed through the Chair unless the Chair decides otherwise. The Chair shall ensure that everyone has sufficient opportunity to ask questions.

c. The Chair shall invite the Appellant (and/or Advisor) to make an opening statement and present the case.

d. The Chair shall invite the Respondent (and/or Advisor) to question the Appellant.

e. The Panel may question the Appellant.

f. The Appellant's witnesses shall be called by the Chair one at a time and shall be present only when they are providing evidence. The witnesses shall be questioned first by the Appellant (and/or Advisor), then by the Respondent (and/or Advisor), and finally by the Panel. The Appellant (and/or Advisor) may then re-question the witness, only on matters that have arisen in the course of the previous questioning by the aforementioned parties.

g. When questioning is concluded, the witness shall be dismissed by the Chair. The questioning procedures shall be repeated for each witness.
h. The Chair shall invite the Respondent (and/or Advisor) to make an opening statement and present the case.

i. The Panel may question the Respondent.

j. The Respondent’s witnesses shall be called by the Chair one at a time and shall be present only when they are providing evidence. The witnesses shall be questioned first by the Respondent (and/or Advisor); next by the Appellant (and/or Advisor); and finally by the Panel. The Respondent (and/or Advisor) may re-question the witness, only on matters that have arisen in the course of the previous questioning by the aforementioned parties.

k. When questioning is concluded, the witness shall be dismissed by the Chair. The questioning procedures shall be repeated for each witness.

l. The Chair shall invite the Appellant (and/or Advisor) to present any evidence the Appellant (and/or Advisor) may have by way of rebuttal. Such evidence shall be subject to questioning by the Respondent (and/or Advisor); followed by the Panel.

m. The Chair shall invite the Appellant (and/or Advisor) to make a brief closing statement which is not subject to questioning.

n. The Chair shall invite the Respondent (and/or Advisor) to make a brief closing statement which is not subject to questioning.

o. The Chair shall adjourn the hearing for the GFC AAC’s deliberation; the Appellant and Respondent (and Advisors) shall leave the hearing.

p. The GFC AAC shall reach a decision by majority vote.