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COAT TRIBUNALS’ MODEL PRACTICE MANUAL. Livingston Armytage Centre for Judicial Studies armytagl@ozemail.com.au. OVERVIEW. Consultative process COAT/AIJA Conference June 2003 Members’ Workshops April 2004 AAT National Needs Assessment Tribunal models Literature survey. RECOMMENDATION.

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coat tribunals model practice manual
COAT TRIBUNALS’ MODEL PRACTICE MANUAL

Livingston Armytage

Centre for Judicial Studies

armytagl@ozemail.com.au

COAT -TRIBUNALS' MODEL PRACTICE GUIDE - AIJA 2004

overview
OVERVIEW
  • Consultative process
  • COAT/AIJA Conference June 2003
  • Members’ Workshops April 2004
  • AAT National Needs Assessment
  • Tribunal models
  • Literature survey

COAT -TRIBUNALS' MODEL PRACTICE GUIDE - AIJA 2004

recommendation
RECOMMENDATION
  • COAT publishes Tribunals’ Model Practice Manual

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AIM
  • Benchmark of competence and best practice
  • One-size-fits-all approach
  • Induction and continuing professional development needs
  • Law and other-trained members

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“How to do it” guide
  • Stand-alone
  • Members may not have access to ancillary training and professional development resources
  • Not a legal monograph, text book, encyclopedia, or members terms-and-conditions manual

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structure
STRUCTURE

Three parts:

  • Generic principles of tribunal processes – COAT
  • Jurisdiction specific applications for each tribunal – each tribunal
  • Personal notes – each member

COAT -TRIBUNALS' MODEL PRACTICE GUIDE - AIJA 2004

content
CONTENT
  • Content of Part A as outlined in the table of contents

COAT -TRIBUNALS' MODEL PRACTICE GUIDE - AIJA 2004

part a principles of tribunal processes
PART A – PRINCIPLES OF TRIBUNAL PROCESSES

1 Nature of Tribunals

2 Legal Framework

3 Principles of Tribunal Processes

4 Pre-hearing

5 Hearings

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PART A – PRINCIPLES OF TRIBUNAL PROCESSES

6 Decision-making

7 Post-hearing

8 Communication

9 Case-flow Management

10 Conduct

11 References

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part b jurisdictional guide
PART B JURISDICTIONAL GUIDE
  • Jurisdiction, powers and functions of tribunal
  • Extracts of key statutes, regulations, rules
  • Selected case law, major decisions, commentaries, references

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Guidelines to common and/or difficult applications
  • Hearing procedure checklists
  • Template forms, decisions and orders
  • Library resources, tables, bulletins

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part c personal notes
PART C PERSONAL NOTES
  • Selected precedents
  • Guidelines
  • Updates
  • Notes

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approach and style
APPROACH AND STYLE
  • Succinct comprehensive overview of law and procedure
  • Readily-accessible, practical explanations of “what to do and how to do it”
  • Checklists and references to primary resources
  • Written in plain language

COAT -TRIBUNALS' MODEL PRACTICE GUIDE - AIJA 2004

models
MODELS

Build on existing tribunal materials:

  • Social Security Appeals Tribunal Members’ Handbook
  • Workers Compensation Commission (NSW) Arbitrator’s Manual
  • VCAT
  • Others

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production
PRODUCTION
  • COAT Publication Sub-Committee
  • Writer – Tribunal expert
  • Editor
  • Production schedule
  • Soft and hard editions
  • Cost-recovery strategy
  • Train-the-trainer workshop(s)

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other recommendations for coat
OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COAT

1. Assessment of tribunals:

  • Eligible organizations
  • Jurisdictions and roles
  • Composition of membership

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2. Professional development program
  • Conduct training needs assessment
  • Develop targeted training strategy with priorities
  • Providetrain-the-trainer course(s)

COAT -TRIBUNALS' MODEL PRACTICE GUIDE - AIJA 2004