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.
Unless otherwise determined by the Commission, public hearings are open to the media.
An audio feed of the proceedings is available to the media therefore microphones will not
be permitted on the witness table, counsel/participants tables nor the
Participants should be aware that the media audio feed will provide access to all
Commission microphones in the hearing room.
Media interviews cannot be conducted in the hearing room during proceedings,
including any recess or break during the hearing.
Cameras, both video and still, are not permitted beyond the front row of the public
Cameras are not to take close up shots of notes on Counsel/participants tables.
It is Commission policy to broadcast via the Internet public hearings that in
the Commission's view have interest or implications for a broader
audience than may be present for the hearing.
The Panel Chair is in charge of the hearing room and decisions of the
Panel Chair regarding this policy are final.