For that reason, I thought it might be useful to offer some tips in relation to appearances at the Fair Work Commission.
There are standards for the conduct of all people attending a hearing or conference at the Commission.
The standards help the Commission to provide fair hearings for all parties.
Providing fair hearings involves allowing all parties to put their case forward, and to have their case determined impartially and according to law.
The Commission and all parties appearing before it, including representatives, have responsibilities to each other and in providing a fair hearing for all participants.
When coming to the Commission:
- it is important to arrive early for the conference or hearing because proceedings begin on time
- notify the Commission staff upon arrival by approaching them in the hearing or conference room
- if delayed it is important that contact is made with the appropriate Commission staff before the hearing is due to start
- switch off your mobile phone or other electronic devices in the hearing or conference room
- address the Member of the Commission by his or her title (eg Deputy President or Commissioner)
- in a hearing, stand when addressing the Member of the Commission or to question a witness, and
- bring enough copies of documents so everyone involved can have a copy (eg three copies: one to keep, one for the other party and one for the Member).