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The Social Care Tribunals Rules (Northern Ireland) 2003

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9.—(1) The provisions of sections 38(5) and 43 of the Arbitration Act 1996(1) (administration of oaths, securing the attendance of witnesses etc.) shall apply to proceedings before the tribunal, and the chairman of the tribunal shall have the same powers under those provisions as if he were an arbitrator or a party to a reference under an arbitration agreement.

(2) The appellant, the registration authority or any witness may produce in evidence any document or information notwithstanding that such document or information would be inadmissible in a court of law and the tribunal may receive in evidence such document or information if the chairman of the tribunal is satisfied that it is desirable in the interests of justice to receive it.

(3) The chairman of the tribunal may before or after the beginning of the hearing call for such further information or reports, as he thinks desirable, and may give directions as to the manner in which and the persons by whom such material is to be furnished.

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