Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Public Complaints Commission
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Public Complaints Commission, pursuant to paragraph 45.33(b)Footnote * of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, hereby makes the annexed Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Public Complaints Commission.
Return to footnote *R.S., c. 8 (2nd Supp.), s. 16
Ottawa, December 24, 1992
1 These Rules may be cited as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Public Complaints Commission Rules of Practice.
2 In these Rules,
Act means the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act; (Loi)
Commission means the member or members assigned pursuant to subsection 45.44(1) of the Act; (Commission)
complainant means any member of the public who makes a complaint pursuant to subsection 45.35(1) of the Act; (plaignant)
complaint has the same meaning as in subsection 45.35(1) of the Act; (plainte)
hearing means a hearing to inquire into a complaint instituted pursuant to paragraph 45.42(3)(c) or subsection 45.43(1) of the Act; (audience)
- hearing process officer
hearing process officer means any person who is appointed in accordance with subsection 45.31(2) of the Act and who is authorized to act on behalf of the Registrar at a hearing; (agent d’audience)
- interested person
interested person means a person who satisfies the Commission that the person has a substantial and direct interest in a complaint before the Commission; (personne intéressée)
party has the same meaning as in subsection 45.45(15) of the Act; (partie)
record means the whole or any part of any book, document, transcript, paper, card, tape or other thing, in or on which information is written, recorded, stored or reproduced; (pièce)
Registrar means any person who is appointed in accordance with subsection 45.31(2) of the Act and who is designated as Registrar by the Commission Chairman. (greffier)
3 These Rules apply in respect of any proceedings with respect to a hearing conducted by the Commission in accordance with section 45.45 of the Act.
Dispensation of Rules and Substitution of Periods
4 (1) The Commission may dispense with any of these Rules where the circumstances and considerations of fairness require such dispensation so that the hearing may be conducted informally and expeditiously.
(2) The Commission, on its own initiative or on a motion that requests an extension or abridgement of a period in which an act is to be done, may extend or abridge the period where the circumstances and considerations of fairness require the Commission to do so.
(3) Where the Commission dispenses with the Rules in accordance with subsection (1) or extends or abridges a period in accordance with subsection (2), the Commission shall inform the parties and interested persons forthwith.
Filing of Records
5 (1) Where a record is to be filed with the Commission in accordance with these Rules or a direction of the Commission, the record may be filed with the Commission if the Commission is in session or with the Registrar by hand delivery, registered mail, courier, telex, facsimile or other means of communication where the necessary facilities for filing in such manner exist.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), the day on which a record is filed is the day on which the record is received by the Commission or any person authorized by the Commission to receive records.
(3) A record that is received by the Commission after five o’clock in the afternoon of a business day shall be deemed to be filed with the Commission on the next business day, unless the record is filed while the Commission is in session.
(4) Any confidential record filed with the Commission shall be marked “Confidential/Confidentiel” and kept separate from the public record.
Service of Documents
6 (1) A document, other than a document referred to in section 47.2 of the Act, may be served
(a) by hand delivery, mail, courier, telex, facsimile or other means of communication if there are facilities for accepting service in such manner; and
(b) where service cannot be made in accordance with paragraph (a), by a notice that
(i) sets out the contents of the document to be served and states that the original document is filed with the Commission, and
(ii) is published twice within a period of seven days in a daily newspaper circulated in the place of the latest known residence of the person being served.
(2) A document may be served
(a) on the Commission by leaving a copy of the document with a person who is authorized to accept service on behalf of the Commission;
(b) on a person who is not a child by leaving a copy of the document with the person, with the duly authorized counsel acting for the person or with another person who appears to be at least 16 years of age and who
(i) resides or is employed at the residence of the person being served, or
(ii) is employed at the principal office of the person being served as set out in any document filed during the proceedings; and
(c) on a person who is a child, by leaving a copy of the document with
(i) the child, if the child is at least 14 years of age, and
(ii) the father, the mother or the guardian of the child.
(3) Service of any document is effected when the document is received by the Commission or a person referred to in subsection (2), or on the day following the day on which the last notice was published in a daily newspaper, in the case of service referred to in paragraph (1)(b).
(4) Where a document is served on a person who may reply to the document within a certain period, the period commences at the time at which service of the document is effected in accordance with subsection (3).
(5) Service of a notice of a hearing referred to in subsection 45.45(2) of the Act shall be effected at least 10 days before the day fixed for the hearing.
(6) Any document to be served on a person shall set out the name or official title of the person.
(7) Proof of service of a document served in accordance with this section shall be made by the person who served the document by filing, forthwith, a declaration under oath or a solemn affirmation with the Commission.
- SOR/96-447, s. 1
Requests for Records and Information
7 (1) A party or interested person may, in writing, request that any other party or interested person produce, forthwith, any of the following:
(a) any pertinent record that is in the person’s possession or control; and
(b) a full and adequate reply to the request, where the request is for information.
(2) A request referred to in subsection (1) shall
(a) be addressed to a party or interested person;
(b) be delivered or, where the Commission requires that the request be served, served within the period established by the Commission; and
(c) be filed in accordance with subsection 5(1) and delivered to the other parties or interested persons.
(3) In the case of a request for information, each item of information that is requested shall be numbered consecutively.
8 (1) Subject to subsection (2), a person to whom a request that is referred to in section 7 is delivered or served shall
(a) deliver a copy of the record or reply to the other parties or interested persons and file the record or reply in accordance with subsection 5(1); and
(b) in the case of a reply to a request for information, provide a full and adequate reply on a separate page for each item of the request.
(2) Subject to any period that the Commission may establish, a person who does not comply with subsection (1) shall
(a) set out the grounds on which the refusal to comply is based;
(b) produce a statement that describes any other information or record that would be of assistance to the party or interested person who made the request; and
(c) deliver a copy of the grounds referred to in paragraph (a) and, if applicable, the statement referred to in paragraph (b) to the parties and interested persons and file those copies in accordance with subsection 5(1).
(3) A party or interested person who has made a request in accordance with section 7 and who has not received the record or a full and adequate reply may, by motion, request that the Commission order the production of the record or reply.
9 (1) Where a person does not comply with section 8, the person may not put in evidence at a hearing the record that the person did not deliver and file and that is to the person’s advantage unless the Commission is satisfied that there existed sufficient reasons for not complying with the request.
(2) Where a party or interested person refuses to deliver and file a record, the person who made the request in accordance with section 7 may, where authorized by the Commission, introduce secondary evidence of the contents of the record.
Stay of Proceedings
10 Where a party or interested person has not complied with these Rules or any direction issued by the Commission, the Commission may stay the proceedings until the Rules or direction have been complied with or take such other steps as the Commission considers fair and reasonable so that the hearing may be conducted informally and expeditiously.
Issues to Be Determined
11 (1) The Commission may, at any time that there is an issue of jurisdiction, practice or procedure that should be decided before the proceedings are continued, determine the issue.
(2) At any stage of the proceedings, the Commission may refer any question or issue of law, of jurisdiction or of practice and procedure to the Federal Court for a hearing and determination and the Commission may, pending the determination of the issue, order the whole or part of the proceedings to be stayed.
- 2002, c. 8, s. 183
12 The Commission may, at any time, direct any party, interested person or the counsel of the party or interested person either to appear before the Commission at a specified time, date and place for a conference or to participate in a teleconference at a specified time and date for the purpose of considering the following issues:
(a) the clarification and simplification of contentious issues;
(b) the admission of particular facts or of information;
(c) the official language in which the hearing will be conducted;
(d) the procedure to be followed in connection with requests for records or information;
(e) the procedure to be followed during the course of the hearing;
(f) the exchange among parties or interested persons of records; and
(g) any other matter that may aid in the clarification and simplification of the evidence and the preparation of the final report of the Commission.
13 (1) Any agreements reached in respect of the issues considered in accordance with section 12 shall be recorded
(a) in the case of a conference, in the minutes signed by the parties and interested persons attending the session at which the agreements are made and countersigned by the Commission member presiding at that session; and
(b) in the case of a teleconference, in minutes signed by the Commission member presiding at the session and the Commission shall deliver a copy of the minutes to the participating parties and interested persons.
(2) Where an agreement on an issue referred to in section 12 cannot be reached, the Commission may decide the issue so that the hearing may be conducted informally and expeditiously.
(3) The Commission shall deliver copies of any agreement referred to in subsection (1) and of any decision referred to in subsection (2) to the parties and the interested persons.
(4) Subject to section 4, an agreement referred to in subsection (1), together with any decision of the Commission pursuant to subsection (2), shall govern the hearing.
14 (1) A party or interested person, on request, may obtain a summons in Form 1 set out in the schedule issued by the Commission and sealed with the Commission’s seal.
(2) A summons referred to in subsection (1) shall be completed by the party or interested person on behalf of whom it is issued or the counsel for that party or interested person and shall contain the information required by Form 1.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2), any party or interested person requiring the attendance of a witness during the hearing may forward the name and address of the proposed witness to the Registrar at least seven days before the witness is required to appear at the hearing, so that the Commission may issue a summons to that witness.
15 A person that has been summoned in accordance with section 14, may, before appearing as a witness or at any other time, by motion request that the person receives payment of the fees and allowances that are payable to witnesses summoned before the Federal Court of Canada.
16 (1) A party or interested person may bring before the Commission, in writing or orally, any issue that arises during the proceedings.
(2) A motion shall contain a clear and concise statement of the facts, the order sought and the grounds therefor.
(3) A written motion shall be filed with the Registrar or, during the hearing, with the hearing process officer and shall be served on the parties and the interested persons to the proceedings.
(4) A motion may be made orally during the hearing in accordance with the procedure established by the Commission.
(5) A motion may be disposed of by the Commission in writing or orally.
- SOR/96-447, s. 2(E)
17 (1) A person who intends to satisfy the Commission that the person has a substantial and direct interest in a complaint shall file with the Commission
(a) a motion to intervene that is signed and dated by the person making the motion or by any other person on behalf of that person; and
(b) an affidavit as to the facts on which the motion is based.
(2) A motion to intervene shall set out
(a) the style of cause of the proceedings in which the person filing the motion wishes to intervene;
(b) the name and address of the person filing the motion or the person signing the motion on behalf of that person;
(c) a concise statement of the matters in the proceedings that affect the person filing the motion;
(d) a concise statement of the facts on which the motion is based; and
(e) the official language that the person intends to use in the arguments in respect of the motion.
(3) The Registrar shall serve, forthwith, a copy of a motion to intervene and the supporting affidavit on each of the parties and interested persons after the documents are filed with the Commission.
18 (1) A party or interested person who has been served with a copy of a motion to intervene and the supporting affidavit may, within fourteen days after the service or within such other period as the Commission may direct, file with the Commission a response to the motion dealing with the matters raised in the motion and stating whether the party or interested person intends to oppose the motion.
(2) A copy of the response referred to in subsection (1) shall be served by the person who filed the response on the person making the motion and on all other parties and interested persons.
19 (1) A motion to intervene may be heard at any time, date and place fixed by the Commission, including at the time fixed for a conference or teleconference that is held in accordance with section 12.
(2) The Registrar shall serve on the person who filed the motion, the parties and interested persons a notice of the time, date and place at which the motion shall be heard.
20 (1) Where the Commission grants or denies a motion to intervene, the Registrar shall serve on the parties, the interested persons and the person who filed the motion notice thereof.
(2) Where a motion to intervene is granted,
(a) the Registrar shall serve on the interested person who filed the motion copies of the documents filed by the parties and the other interested persons prior to the granting of the motion; and
(b) each party and interested person shall serve on the interested person who has filed the motion, copies of all documents served on the day the motion is granted and thereafter.
Hearing in Private
21 (1) Where the Commission directs that a hearing or a portion thereof is to be held in private in accordance with subsection 45.45(11) of the Act, the hearing may be attended only by the following persons who complete and file Form 2 set out in the schedule:
(a) the parties, interested persons, counsel and authorized representatives of the parties and interested persons; and
(b) any other person that the Commission considers should be present.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the required Commission staff, including stenographers and interpreters, may attend a hearing or portion thereof that is held in private.
(3) Records with respect to the hearing or portion thereof that is held in private that are filed with the Commission shall be marked “Confidential/Confidentiel” and kept separate from the public record.
(4) The Commission may authorize persons who have filed a Form 2 to make copies of the records referred to in subsection (3) and of the transcripts of the hearing or portion thereof that is held in private.
(5) Where an expert witness is to testify at a hearing in private, the Commission may authorize, subject to any condition the Commission imposes, confidential information to be made available to that witness.
(6) A person referred to in subsection (1) who is present at a hearing in private shall submit the person’s transcripts, notes, and any other records to the Commission at the conclusion of the arguments.
22 During normal business hours, the Commission shall make available to the parties and interested persons records filed in the course of the proceedings, other than a hearing in private, and shall permit the persons to make copies thereof.
23 The Commission may, in the interests of justice, adjourn any hearing for such time, date and to such place and on such terms as the Commission considers advisable.
24 No portion of the proceedings is invalid by reason of an irregularity in form or procedure.
SUMMONS TO A WITNESS BEFORE THE RCMP PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION
STYLE OF CAUSE:
NAME OF WITNESS:
You are hereby summoned and required to attend before the RCMP Public Complaints Commission a hearing to be held at in the City of , the day of 19, at the hour of o’clock in the noon, and so from day to day until the hearing is concluded or the Commission otherwise orders, to give evidence on oath in respect of the hearing and to bring with you and produce at such time and place such records under your control as are relevant to the inquiry into the complaint, including:
Dated at this day of , 19.
You may request payment of the fees and allowances for your attendance at the hearing as are paid for the attendance of a witness summoned to attend before the Federal Court of Canada.
If you fail to attend and give evidence at the hearing, or to produce records specified, at the time and place specified, without lawful excuse, you are liable to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or to imprisonment of six months or to both. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S., c. R-10, s. 51)
I hereby undertake:
1 THAT I will maintain the confidentiality of any information or evidence that I receive during the course of the hearing in private and will not disclose any information or evidence that I receive during the course of that hearing;
2 THAT I will not reproduce in any manner, without the prior written approval of the Commission, any records dealing with the evidence taken and submissions made in the hearing in private;
3 THAT at the end of the hearing, I will return to the Commission all records provided to me by the Commission during the hearing in private, and any notes taken by me with respect to evidence that I received during the course of that hearing in private.
DATED AT , , this day of , 19.
- SOR/96-447, s. 3(E)
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