What happens if someone doesn't appear at a review hearing?

If someone does not turn up at the hearing and does not have a reasonable excuse, the reviewer can make their decision anyway. If any of the parties say in advance that they do not intend to come to the hearing, the reviewer will make a decision in their absence.

If you cannot attend the hearing because of illness or an emergency, for example, you must:

  • get in touch with FairWay Resolution before the hearing to let them know that you cannot attend, or
  • get someone to go to the hearing for you and ask the reviewer to reschedule.

If the reviewer decides the hearing date cannot be rescheduled, or in their opinion should not be adjourned, the process will continue without you.