Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision
The CAT has developed a guide to help Users understand and use the CAT’s online system in Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision.
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Tribunal Decision Process
In Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision, the CAT Member conducts an online hearing through the CAT-ODR system.
During the hearing, the Member assigned to the case will ask the Users to provide their evidence and arguments about why they think the Member should make a decision in their favour. Users will also have an opportunity to identify witnesses that can provide evidence about the issues in dispute
The CAT Member assigned to the case will also control how and when the Users can exchange messages and add documents on the online system. Users can review their permissions at any time by visiting the Schedule Tab.
After the Users have had a reasonable chance to provide their evidence and arguments, the Member will make a final and binding decision based on the facts and the law. Users will receive the Member’s order and decision through the CAT-ODR system.
The Stage 3 process will vary from case to case. The CAT Member assigned to your case will give you instructions once they join.
Confidentiality – Settlement Offers and Communications
Any settlement offers that the Users exchanged in the Negotiation and Mediation stages are confidential and cannot be shared with the Member in the Tribunal Decision stage. This encourages Users to work openly towards resolving the issues in Stages 1 and 2. It also ensures that the Member in Stage 3 only considers the evidence and the law, and that they are not influenced by knowing what each User had said or offered in the earlier stages.
Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision
If the deadline to do something else (like post a message, for example), you should send your Member a message in an open topic in the Written Hearing tab.
- do something, or stop doing something
- pay money to another User
- pay the costs or expenses of another User; or
- pay costs to the CAT.
The Member can also order any User to do anything that the Member thinks is fair.
The CAT Rules of Practice also allow a User to ask that the CAT reopen a case if the decision was issued after the User failed to respond or participate in the case.
For more information on your options, please visit our After your Case page here.
If you tried contacting an inactive Applicant but they aren’t responding, please contact the CAT by sending us an email at CATinfo@condoauthorityontario.ca.
In Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision, if one of the Applicants is not participating in the case, the CAT Member may issue an order to remove them.