A hearing is where the parties to the complaint present their evidence, witnesses and argument to the Tribunal.
The purpose of the hearing is to allow the Tribunal to hear the facts of the case so it can decide whether discrimination has occurred. If the Tribunal finds that there was discrimination, it decides on an appropriate solution (remedy).
If you are the complainant, the hearing is your opportunity to show why you believe you were discriminated against.
If you are the respondent, the hearing is your opportunity to respond to the complaint and/or show why the discrimination was justified.
Hearings are open to the public. Visit the Upcoming hearings page on the CHRT website for a list of all the hearings currently scheduled.
What happens at the hearing?
- Who is there and where they sit
- Record of Appearance
- Opening statements
- Witness testimony
- Final arguments
How to prepare for a hearing
- Copies of documents
- Preparing your Book of Authorities
- Accommodation of special needs
What happens after the hearing?
Frequently asked questions
For more information
- Read the Hearing section of the Guide to Understanding the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal