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The Homeowner Housing Panel (Applications and Decisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2012

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17.—(1) A committee must give not less than 14 days’ notice in writing to the parties of the date, time and place appointed for any hearing.

(2) A hearing must be held in public unless the committee, on an application by any party or on their own cause, decide that it is necessary to do otherwise to ensure a fair hearing.

(3) The committee may hold a hearing and receive evidence by telephone, through a video link or by using any other method of communication if the committee are satisfied that this would not prejudice the administration of justice and that there is no important public interest consideration which requires a hearing in person.

(4) At a hearing—

(a)a party or a party’s representative may conduct the party’s case;

(b)the parties will be heard in such order and, subject to the provisions of these Regulations, according to such procedure as the committee determines;

(c)a party may make representations, lead or produce evidence, and question any witness called by any other party.

(5) The committee may exclude from the hearing any person who is to appear as a witness until such time as that person gives evidence if they consider it is fair in all the circumstances to do so.

(6) The committee at their discretion may on their own motion, or at the request of any party, at any time and from time to time postpone or adjourn a hearing, subject to regulation 21.

(7) The committee must give to the parties such notice of any postponed or adjourned hearing as they deem to be reasonable in the circumstances.

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