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6.—(1) Where a case is referred to the Commissioners by the Secretary of State the Commissioners shall, within 7 days, list the case and serve written notice of referral on the parties indicating a provisional timetable for consideration of the case by a single Commissioner.
(2) Within 5 weeks of the case being listed, the prisoner shall notify the Commissioners and the Secretary of State whether the prisoner wishes to attend any oral hearing that may be held.
(3) Subject to rules 16(2) and 17(2) any oral hearing of a case shall be fixed for a date that:
(a)where the single Commissioner has provisionally directed that the prisoner be released or has directed that the case should be considered by a panel, is no later than 8 weeks from the date of the provisional direction or direction as the case may be; or
(b)where the single Commissioner has directed that the prisoner not be released and the prisoner has served a notice in accordance with rule 13(5), is no later than 8 weeks from the date of service of the notice.
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