The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the "HRTO") has established an HRTO Practice Advisory Committee (the "Committee") whose mandate is to function as a resource to the HRTO for consultation and feedback regarding:
The Committee's focus is on the effectiveness of the above in carrying out the HRTO's mandate to provide fair, just and expeditious process for the resolution (by way of mediation or adjudication) of proceedings before it.
The Committee is not intended to be a forum for the discussion of:
The Committee shall be available to the HRTO for consultation regarding HRTO appointments having regard to the Code requirement that members be appointed through a competitive process in which candidates are assessed on criteria which include experience, knowledge or training with respect to human rights law and issues, aptitude for impartial adjudication, and aptitude for applying alternative adjudicative practices and procedures.
The composition of the Committee should be renewed regularly to reflect the range of representatives appearing before the HRTO, including non-lawyer representatives, and the diversity of those involved in HRTO proceedings.
The Committee will have two (2) co-chairs one representing the perspective of applicants and one representing the perspective of respondents. The co-chairs will be selected by the HRTO Associate Chair to serve a term of up to three (3) years and may be invited to serve additional terms of up to three (3) years.
The Committee shall be composed of the following members:
Committee members selected under 6c will be selected by the co-chairs through an invitation to express an interest in serving on the Committee posted on the HRTO website.
Committee members selected under 6c will serve a term of up two (2) years, with the proviso that the timing of initial terms will be staggered to ensure continuity. Members may be invited to serve a second term of up to two (2) years. Members who wish to serve for further terms must express an interest in filling a vacancy through the process set out in paragraph 7.
The Committee shall meet at least three (3) times per year.
In order that the Committee may function in an atmosphere that encourages candour, members of the Committee will maintain reasonable discretion and confidentiality with respect to Committee discussions.
Committee representatives designated by the co-chairs will participate in any Tribunal consultation with users of the HRTO's services to further the Committee's effectiveness as a resource to the HRTO.