New Moosonee Hearing Site
The Board is pleased to announce that beginning August 2013, we will launching a new initiative to hold hearings in Moosonee. In doing so, claimants and other parties in the towns of Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, Moose Factory, and of course, Moosonee and surrounding areas will have the option of having their claims heard in Moosonee. Other options such as travelling to Timmins or attending by teleconference or videoconference are also still available. By adding Moosonee as a hearing location, the Board is continuing to respond to the changing demographic needs of the victims we serve and expand our accessibility to Northern Ontario. Over the coming months, we will monitor this new intiative and seek input from stakeholders in the region about the benefits of holding hearings in that community.
The Board has undergone a large transformation designed to help us better serve the public and victims of crime. We have launched several initiatives to help make our process faster, more responsive and more user friendly. Recently we created an online survey to assist us in obtaining feedback from parties regarding their experience at the Board so that we may continue to improve our services. If you wish to complete the online survey, click here.
Public Accountability Documents
The Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act (ATAGAA) 2009 is legislation that is designed to ensure that adjudicative tribunals are accountable, transparent and efficient in their operations while remaining independent in their decision making. A requirement of the legislation is the development of a number of public accountability documents. The documents for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board can be accessed through the following links.
Manual of Practice for Members Now Available Online
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board recently updated its Manual of Practice for Members and has now posted the document online.
CICB Members are independent adjudicators who decide cases by applying existing legislation and precedents set by the Courts (case law) to evidence presented by applicants, respondents and witnesses. The manual is not a substitute for a Memberís own analysis and decision-making, but rather provides useful information that may help Members evaluate claims, prepare for and conduct hearings, and render decisions.
To access the document, click here.
Online Virtual Hearing Site
In order to assist those participating in a Board hearing, the Board has created an interactive online tour of a hearing site. The virtual tour shows what a typical hearing site looks like and explains the roles of individuals who may attend the hearing.
Click here to see the virtual hearing site.