Appeal Process Text Version

The following is a summary of a flow chart depicting the appeal process.

Upon receipt of an unfavourable decision, the appellant files a notice of appeal with the Tribunal within the time limits set down in the applicable legislation.

The Tribunal acknowledges the appeal, assigns an appeal number and informs the appellant of the procedures, the filing date for the appellant's brief and the hearing date.

Within 60 days of the acknowledgement of receipt, the appellant submits a brief. Within 60 days of receipt of the appellant's brief, the respondent submits a brief.

At any time a party may seek intervener status in the proceedings.

Only in the case of a file hearing, the appellant may submit a reply brief.

The hearing notice is published in the Canada Gazette.

Either a file hearing or oral hearing is held.

Usually within 120 days of the hearing, the Tribunal issues its decision.

Parties may appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal or the Federal Court within the time limits set down in the applicable legislation.