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Social Security Appeals Tribunal - The hearing

If the intention of the tribunal is to be Inquistorial in nature, then I would have to say they were reasonably effective.

I recently observed a SSAT hearing.

In this particular case it was an application lodges by the Father/Payer against the C$A administrative C$ decision on behalf of the Mother/Payee.

The tribunal consited of two members. A male and a female. The male behaved like the voice of reason, and made any decisions concerning admissibility of evidence and relavance of questions. The male member of the tribunal also asked all the questions directed to the Father.

The female member acted as the tough one and raised technical points of law. The Female member of the tribunal also asked all the questions of the mother, though with a much more reasonable presention than at other times during the hearing.

A bit like "good cop - bad cop", even their dress was appropriate to their respective roles.

My perception was of people (the tribunal members) playing well rehearsed roles. It also seemed to be reasonably effective in that both parties disclosed information which I suspect they had not intended to disclose. If the intention of the tribunal is to be Inquistorial in nature, then I would have to say they were reasonably effective.

As for the quality of the decision, that remains to be seen.

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