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[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 53

Part 8 — Appeals

Division 1 — Environmental Appeal Board

Environmental Appeal Board

93 (1) The Environmental Appeal Board is continued to hear appeals that under the provisions of any enactment are to be heard by the appeal board.

(2) In relation to an appeal under another enactment, the appeal board has the powers given to it by that other enactment.

(3) The appeal board consists of the following individuals appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council after a merit based process:

(a) a member designated as the chair;

(b) one or more members designated as vice chairs after consultation with the chair;

(c) other members appointed after consultation with the chair.

(4) The Administrative Tribunals Appointment and Administration Act applies to the appeal board.

(5) and (6) [Repealed 2003-47-24.]

(7) The chair may organize the appeal board into panels, each comprised of one or more members.

(8) The members of the appeal board may sit

(a) as the appeal board, or

(b) as a panel of the appeal board.

(9) If members sit as a panel of the appeal board,

(a) 2 or more panels may sit at the same time,

(b) the panel has all the jurisdiction of and may exercise and perform the powers and duties of the appeal board, and

(c) an order, decision or action of the panel is an order, decision or action of the appeal board.

(10) The Lieutenant Governor in Council, by regulation, may establish the quorum of the appeal board or a panel.

(11) The appeal board, a panel and each member have all the powers, protection and privileges of a commissioner under sections 12, 15 and 16 of the Inquiry Act.

Parties and witnesses

94 (1) In an appeal, the appeal board or panel

(a) may hear the evidence of any person, including a person the appeal board or a panel invites to appear before it, and

(b) on request of

(i) the person,

(ii) a member of the body, or

(iii) a representative of the person or body,

whose decision is the subject of the appeal or review, must give that person or body full party status.

(2) A person or body, including the appellant, that has full party status in an appeal may

(a) be represented by counsel,

(b) present evidence,

(c) if there is an oral hearing, ask questions, and

(d) make submissions as to facts, law and jurisdiction.

(3) A person who gives oral evidence may be questioned by the appeal board, a panel or the parties to the appeal.

Costs and security for costs

95 (1) The appeal board may require the appellant to deposit with it an amount of money it considers sufficient to cover all or part of the anticipated costs of the respondent and the anticipated expenses of the appeal board in connection with the appeal.

(2) In addition to the powers referred to in section 93 (2) [environmental appeal board] but subject to the regulations, the appeal board may make orders as follows:

(a) requiring a party to pay all or part of the costs of another party in connection with the appeal, as determined by the appeal board;

(b) if the appeal board considers that the conduct of a party has been vexatious, frivolous or abusive, requiring the party to pay all or part of the expenses of the appeal board in connection with the appeal.

(3) An order under subsection (2) may include directions respecting the disposition of money deposited under subsection (1).

(4) If a person or body given full party status under subsection 94 (2) [parties and witnesses] is an agent or representative of the government,

(a) an order under subsection (2) may not be made for or against the person or body, and

(b) an order under subsection (2) (a) may be made for or against the government.

(5) The costs payable by the government under an order under subsection (4) (b) must be paid out of the consolidated revenue fund.

Decision of appeal board

96 If the appeal board or a panel makes an order or decision with respect to an appeal the chair must send a copy of the order or decision to the minister and to the parties.

Varying and rescinding orders of appeal board

97 The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, in the public interest, vary or rescind an order or decision of the appeal board.

Appeal board power to enter property

98 The members of the appeal board have, for the purposes of an appeal, the right to enter any property except a private residence.

Division 2 — Appeals from Decisions under this Act

Definition of "decision"

99 For the purpose of this Division, "decision" means

(a) making an order,

(b) imposing a requirement,

(c) exercising a power except a power of delegation,

(d) issuing, amending, renewing, suspending, refusing or cancelling a permit, approval or operational certificate,

(e) including a requirement or a condition in an order, permit, approval or operational certificate,

(f) determining to impose an administrative penalty, and

(g) determining that the terms and conditions of an agreement under section 115 (4) [administrative penalties] have not been performed.

Appeals to Environmental Appeal Board

100 (1) A person aggrieved by a decision of a director or a district director may appeal the decision to the appeal board in accordance with this Division.

(2) For certainty, a decision under this Act of the Lieutenant Governor in Council or the minister is not appealable to the appeal board.

Time limit for commencing appeal

101 The time limit for commencing an appeal of a decision is 30 days after notice of the decision is given.

Procedure on appeals

102 (1) An appeal under this Division

(a) must be commenced by notice of appeal in accordance with the prescribed practice, procedure and forms, and

(b) must be conducted in accordance with Division 1 of this Part and the regulations.

(2) The appeal board may conduct an appeal under this Division by way of a new hearing.

Powers of appeal board in deciding appeal

103 On an appeal under this Division, the appeal board may

(a) send the matter back to the person who made the decision, with directions,

(b) confirm, reverse or vary the decision being appealed, or

(c) make any decision that the person whose decision is appealed could have made, and that the appeal board considers appropriate in the circumstances.

Appeal does not operate as stay

104 The commencement of an appeal under this Division does not operate as a stay or suspend the operation of the decision being appealed unless the appeal board orders otherwise.

Division 3 — Regulations in Relation to Appeal Board

Regulations in relation to the appeal board

105 (1) Without limiting section 138 (1) [general authority to make regulations], the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as follows:

(a) prescribing a tariff of fees to be paid with respect to a matter within the jurisdiction of the appeal board;

(b) prescribing practices, procedures and forms to be followed and used by the appeal board;

(c) establishing restrictions on the authority of the board under section 95 (1) to (4) [costs and security for costs] including, without limiting this,

(i) prescribing limits, rates and tariffs relating to amounts that may be required to be paid or deposited, and

(ii) prescribing what are to be considered costs to the government in relation to an appeal and how those are to be determined;

(d) respecting how notice of a decision under section 96 [decision of appeal board] may be given.

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