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Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Rules 1998

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6.  After Rule 5 there shall be inserted the following new rule—

Review of appeal documents

5A.(1) After receipt by the Pensions Appeal Office of the documents mentioned in Rule 5(6), a Chairman may review those documents and may, if he thinks fit, exercise the powers given to the Tribunal—

(a)under Rule 14 to require further information to be obtained or further evidence to be procured or produced; or

(b)under Rule 15 to take the opinion of a medical specialist or other technical expert, and

paragraphs (1) to (3) of the Rule 14 and paragraphs (1) to (3) of Rule 15 shall apply with the necessary modifications.

(2) After reviewing the documents mentioned in paragraph (1) above, the Chairman may without prejudice to the application of Rule 30 give such directions as he thinks fit on any matter arising in connection with the appeal.

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