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The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber (Procedure) Regulations 2016

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20.—(1) Except as otherwise provided for in these Rules, the First-tier Tribunal may at any time either on its own initiative, or on the application of any party, give directions to the parties relating to the conduct or progress of the proceedings.

(2) Directions may be given orally or in writing and must be intimated to all parties.

(3) Directions of the First-tier Tribunal may, in particular—

(a)relate to any matter concerning the preparation for a hearing;

(b)specify the length of time allowed for something to be done;

(c)vary any time limit in a direction previously given by the First-tier Tribunal for anything to be done by a party;

(d)provide for—

(i)a particular matter to be dealt with as a preliminary issue;

(ii)a party to provide further details of that party’s case, or any other information or document which appears to be necessary for the determination of the application;

(iii)a witness to be heard;

(iv)the manner in which evidence is to be given;

(e)require a party to lodge and serve—

(i)a statement of evidence which is to be given at a hearing;

(ii)a skeleton argument which summarises submissions to be made at a hearing and cites all the authorities which will be relied on, identifying any particular passages to be relied upon.

(4) When making directions the First-tier Tribunal must take into account the ability of parties to comply with the directions.

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