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

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23.—(1) The First-tier Tribunal must give not less than 14 days’ notice in writing to the parties of the date, time and place of a hearing.

(2) A hearing must be held in public unless the First-tier Tribunal, on its own initiative or on an application by a party, decides that it is necessary to do otherwise to ensure a fair hearing.

(3) The First-tier Tribunal may hold a hearing and receive evidence by telephone, through a video link or by using any other method of communication if the First-tier Tribunal is 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 Rules, according to such procedure as the First-tier Tribunal determines;

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

(5) The First-tier Tribunal may exclude from the hearing a person who is to appear as a witness until such time as that person gives evidence if it considers it is fair in all the circumstances to do so.

(6) The First-tier Tribunal at its discretion may, on its own initiative or on an application by a party, at any time and from time to time, postpone or adjourn a hearing, subject to rule 26.

(7) The First-tier Tribunal must give to the parties sufficient notice of any postponed or adjourned hearing.

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