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Preparing for an oral hearing

Preparing for a Hearing

The vice chair will read the WorkSafeBC file before the hearing. The vice chair will know about the WorkSafeBC policies that apply to the case, other WCAT decisions that involve similar issues, and WCAT rules, practices and procedures. If you want to learn more to prepare for the hearing, here are some other things you can do.

Read the File  more ...

You should first read all of the material in the WorkSafeBC file. You will then know what evidence and policies WorkSafeBC or the Review Division relied on to make the decision appealed. You can then decide what new evidence you want to give at the oral hearing that you did not give at an earlier stage.


Gather Your Evidence  more ...

We do not translate documents. If the evidence you gather is not in English, please have it translated before sending it in to us along with a signed translator's declaration. If you have to pay for the translation, you can ask us to order WorkSafeBC to repay you. For further information on appeal expenses, see our Oral Hearing Guide.

The vice chair will generally not accept more evidence after the oral hearing unless they specifically agree to do so at the hearing.

Medical Evidence

Gathering Evidence

Bring Important Materials to the Hearing  more ...

Bring the documents on your WorkSafeBC file that you want to refer to at the hearing. Also, bring the original and two copies of all new written evidence that you have not already sent us. You do not need to bring the whole WorkSafeBC file because the vice chair has a copy and will have read it in advance.

Bring any relevant video or audio evidence or workplace tools that you may want to use to demonstrate workplace motions. If you want to show a video or DVD or play a tape or CD at the hearing, contact us in advance so we can have the proper equipment available.

Bring your witnesses to the hearing. You are responsible for telling them of the date, time and place of the hearing. If someone will not agree to attend the hearing as a witness, contact us. We have the right to order witnesses to come to a hearing. You must request an order at least 21 days before the hearing and give us the name and contact information for the witness. Explain what evidence the witness will give, how it is relevant to an issue under appeal, and why the witness is not willing to come voluntarily.


Prepare Some Written Notes  more ...

We suggest that you prepare for the hearing by writing down important things (make notes). You may be nervous at the hearing and not remember everything you want to tell us. You do not need to read your notes to the vice chair, but they will help you remember. The vice chair will also help you by asking you questions.

Read Our Noteworthy Decisions on Similar Appeals  more ...

You can learn how to make the best case for the appeal by looking at WCAT decisions involving issues like yours. You can then refer to the policies that apply to and perhaps support your position on the appeal.

Noteworthy Decisions

Read WorkSafeBC Policies  more ...

You can find what WorkSafeBC policies apply to the appeal by reading WorkSafeBC's Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual. You can also use WorkSafeBC's non-binding practice directives to help you make your case.

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