Commission Rules Governing
Media Attendance at Public
Hearings of the Commission
The hearings of the Commission, unless otherwise designated, are open to the public and
therefore the media are welcome to attend public hearings.
however must adhere to the principles of fairness and natural justice in
proceedings and give priority to the participant's ability to present their
case in an effective manner.
Commission's legislated responsibility is to hear and decide matters. The parties to an appeal have a responsibility
to present witnesses and argument in support of their position and the
Commission must protect their right to do so.
The Commission believes the media role is to
observe and report upon the proceedings.
Media should therefore conduct themselves in a
manner that does not interfere with the role and function of the
participants. The formal atmosphere of the hearing can place pressure on
participants and that pressure can be heighten by media interest.
In an effort to balance these interests the Commission has adopted the following policy
regarding media coverage.
a) Unless otherwise
determined by the Commission, public hearings are open to the media.
b) An audio broadcast of
the hearing is available to the media. Therefore, third party
microphones and other recording devices are not permitted to be used in
the hearing room during a hearing.
c) Any hearing or portion
of a hearing that is held in camera shall not be broadcast.
d) The audio broadcast
will provide access to all Commission microphones in the hearing room.
e) Media interviews shall
not be conducted in the hearing room during a hearing, including any
recess or break during the hearing.
f) Cameras are not
permitted beyond the front row of the public area.
g) Cameras are not to take
close up video or photos of notes on tables used by the parties, legal
counsel, Commission Panel or staff.
h) Cameras may only be
used prior to the commencement of the hearing and during the opening
statement made by the Chair and not otherwise.
i) The Commission
broadcasts hearings that, in the Commission's view, have interest or
implications for a broader audience than may be present for the hearing.
j) The Panel Chair may
impose such additional conditions and restrictions as the Panel Chair
considers advisable to facilitate media coverage of hearings conducted
by electronic means.
k) The Panel Chair is in
charge of the hearing room and decisions of the Panel Chair regarding
this policy are final.
l) In addition to public
hearings this policy applies to all other proceedings held by the
Commission including, but not limited to, public meetings or sessions
held where the Commission presides.