Case Management Meetings - Post-Pilot Review

Closed 18 Jun 2021

Opened 14 May 2021

Overview

This survey seeks stakeholder views in relation to the case management meeting process, following the conclusion of the pilot which ended on 30 April 2021.

The process was designed to minimise delays that can arise during the pre-hearing preparation period, which has led to hearing dates being vacated, and at the hearing stage, where valuable time is often spent dealing with preliminary matters which can ordinarily be resolved before the hearing.

The primary focus was too:

  • Facilitate the effective running of GOC hearings
  • Encourage both parties to prepare their cases and co-operate with each other in order to keep delays to a minimum
  • Minimise the stress on the Registrant/witnesses at a hearing by setting up an effective channel of communication during the pre-hearing period and seeking agreement about a number of key issues.

As part of this process, we expected to facilitate up to two discussions between hearing parties.  These discussions would take place remotely, and over the telephone.

We anticipated the first telephone conference would be held around three months from the date of Rule 29 disclosure on the Registrant.

The second telephone conference was expected to take place four to six weeks prior to the first day of the substantive hearing.

A review of the process, has identified that all calls that have taken place over the last year, occurred four to six weeks prior to the first date of the hearing.

Why we are consulting

We would like to hear your views on the process to help us develop and finalise the case management meeting plan.

We encourage you to provide as much information as possible.

What happens next

This survey will close on Friday 18 June 2021.  We will use the information and feedback that we gather from this survey to further develop our plan for the case management process. 

We will publish a report to summarise the findings of this survey and explain how we have used the feedback.  We reserve the right not to publish responses which contravene our Acceptable Behaviour Policy.