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Appeal Process

A basic overview of the appeal process in shown on the flow chart.

Some aspects of the appeal process are set out in Part 8.1 of the Forest and Range Practices Act and in the Administrative Review and Appeal Procedure Regulation. Section 140.2 of the Forest and Range Practices Act identifies additional powers and procedures from the Administrative Tribunals Act that apply to the Commission. One of those additional powers given to the Commission in the Administrative Tribunals Act is the power to make Rules governing the appeal process. The Commission has done so, and issued its first Rules in 2016.

To assist parties and participants in the appeal process, the Commission has created a comprehensive Practice and Procedure Manual. The Manual explains the appeal process in detail and cites the legislation and/or Rule that may apply to a subject, and any Commission policy relevant to that subject.

The Commission has also created Information Sheets on specific topics, including “How to Start an Appeal” under each statute. It has also created a “Notice of Appeal” form.

Finally, in accordance with section 12 of the Administrative Tribunals Act, the Commission has issued a Practice Directive setting out the general time frames for holding a hearing and for issuing decisions.

The Commission has also created a Privacy Management Policy, to explain how it ensures personal information is safeguarded, while maintaining an open, transparent process. The policy is available here.

*For more information about administrative tribunals in British Columbia, preparing for a hearing and administrative law generally, see the information and short videos on the website titled “A Guide to Administrative Law in BC” produced by the Justice Education Society” at http://www.adminlawbc.ca/.


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