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The Hearing

Expropriation: Conduct of the hearing

Hearings in the matter of expropriation generally take place in the following way:

The administrative law judge who presides the hearing will speak first and will ask each of the persons involved in the hearing to identify themselves. It shall indicate the reason of your presence at the hearing and will provide explanations on its progress.

The representative of the department, agency or municipality will explain why the value it is proposing as the principal compensation is adequate.

When his presentation is finished, you will be able to ask questions to the representative as well as the witnesses.

This is the time to explain to the Tribunal why you are contesting the value of the principal compensation proposed by the department, agency or municipality.

It is also the time to defend the value of the incidental compensation that you wish to obtain.

You can present the documents to the Tribunal that normally, you have already submitted before the hearing and have your witnesses heard, if you have any. Note that any expert report must have been sent to the parties and to the Tribunal at least 30 days before the hearing so that you can present them to the Tribunal during the hearing.

It is possible that one of the administrative law judges or the representative of the department, agency or municipality may ask you some questions. They may also ask questions to your witnesses.

This is your opportunity to summarize your arguments and your evidence. It is your last chance to convince the Tribunal.

The representative of the department, agency or municipality will also submit arguments.

For more information on the steps to follow in relation to expropriation, see Expropriation: you have rights!

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