The Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP or Panel) is seeking stakeholder feedback on its Rules of Procedure as part of its ongoing commitment to continually enhance and improve its adjudicative process.
In April 2016, the HRAP assumed responsibility for hearing appeals of decisions made under the AGCO’s Rules of Racing. New Rules of Procedure were established at that time by the HRAP to govern proceedings and to outline the practices and processes that would apply to appeals before the new tribunal. The stated objective of the Panel’s Rules of Procedure was (and remains) to provide a fair, open and accessible process to all parties.
Over the past three years, the HRAP has made a number of minor “housekeeping” changes to its Rules of Procedure, for the most part to clarify requirements and address procedural issues that have come up since the tribunal was created. For instance, in October 2016, the rules around disclosure were amended to better specify how and when evidence should be provided to the Panel. Small changes have also been made to the criteria and threshold for three member Panel hearings (commonly known as “A” appeals) and new and revised rules introduced to formalize and simplify both the adjournments process and the withdrawals of appeals.
This is the first time that the HRAP has formally consulted on its procedural rules. The Panel appreciates that after three years of operation, there are a number of parties and individuals who have developed extensive experience appearing before the Panel, and who might therefore have some feedback on how the process can be improved. The objective of this consultation is to leverage the insights of these parties to ensure that the HRAP’s process remains efficient and effective and meets the needs of the horse racing industry.
We are looking for feedback in three broad areas:
Talk to us! Your comments are welcome and will be received until July 12, 2019.
The Panel will review and consider any potential changes to its Rules of Procedure and is currently aiming to introduce an update to its Rules of Procedure in the fall of 2019.
A copy of the current Rules of Procedure can be found here. You can also find other helpful reference material on the HRAP website, including information about current and past appeals and a plain language guide and information sheets that summarize and explain the HRAP’s adjudicative process.
Remember, we can’t change the Rules of Racing – these are established by the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Under the Horse Racing Licence Act, the HRAP only has authority to determine its own practices and procedures. It is these practices and procedures, embodied through the Panel’s Rules of Procedure, that are the focus of this consultation.
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Thank you for taking the time to participate.