Learn how to prepare for a hearing, and what to expect during and after a hearing.
The Board Appeal Tribunal (tribunal) typically holds in-person hearings at the WCB's offices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all hearings are being arranged via teleconference or videoconference. When a date and time has been determined for your hearing, an assistant to the board will contact you or your representative to provide you with the information required to join the teleconference or videoconference.
While the teleconference and videoconference options will remain available to appellants, the tribunal will also begin to offer in-person hearings once again at the WCB's offices in Regina and Saskatoon, effective May 1, 2022. The assistant to the board will attend the hearing to take notes, which will be placed on your claim file. If the tribunal determines an official transcript of the hearing is needed, the WCB will notify you of that decision and arrange for a court reporter to be present.
When you arrive at the WCB office, please report to the receptionist. The tribunal will call you when they are ready. Once you are in the hearing room, you will have time to set up any materials you have and prepare for the hearing. The tribunal asks that any documentation you wish to submit to the tribunal is sent well in advance of your hearing. However, if this is not possible, the tribunal will copy your documentation for your file.
The chair of the tribunal will provide introductions of the tribunal and the assistant to the board. You will then introduce yourself, as well as anyone who is with you. The chair will provide opening comments and explain the process. You will then be invited to present your case. You or your representative may present your case.
The tribunal will be familiar with your claim and has access to your file and the summary prepared by the assistant to the board. The assistant serves an administrative role and does not take part in making the decision.
During your presentation, the tribunal will ask you questions concerning your presentation or the information in your file. If you have witnesses you wish to call, please let the assistant to the board know well in advance of the hearing. Witnesses may provide testimony, but the tribunal will determine if it should be excluded from the hearing.
After you have presented your case in full, the chair will explain the next steps in the decision process on your appeal.
If you have additional questions, please call board services at 1.800.667.7590.
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