19. Fixing dates, etc., for hearing.
(1) Upon a claim being lodged with the Tribunal, the Secretary
(a) fix the date, place and
time of hearing in Form 4; and
(b) thereafter serve the notice
of hearing on both the claimant and respondent.
(2) The Secretary shall serve Form 4 on the claimant and respondent
not less than fourteen days before the date of the hearing.
20. Award when statement of defence not filed.
If the respondent does not file his defence in Form 2, the
(a) make an award for the claimant
in Form 5 on the hearing date; or
(b) in its discretion adjourn
the hearing to enable the respondent to file his defence.
21. Admission of claim.
Where the respondent in his statement of defence admits the
claim, the President shall make an award for the claimant in Form 6.
22. Non-appearance of parties.
(1) If the claimant does not appear on the date, at the time
and place fixed for the hearing but the respondent appears, the President may,
if he is satisfied that the notice of hearing has been duly served—
(a) dismiss the claim, if the
respondent has no counter-claim;
(b) make an award for the counter-claim,
if the respondent has a counter claim.
(2) An award made under subregulation (1) shall be in Form
(3) If the respondent does not appear on the date, at the
time and place fixed for the hearing but the claimant appears, the President
may, if he is satisfied that the notice of hearing has been duly served—
(a) proceed with the hearing
in the absence of the respondent; or
(b) adjourn the hearing to
a later date.
(4) Before disposing of the claim in the absence of the respondent,
the President shall consider any representation submitted by the claimant.
(5) An award made where the respondent is absent shall be
in Form 8.
(6) If neither party appears on the date, at the time and
place fixed for the hearing, the action shall be struck out.
23. Negotiation for settlement.
(1) At the hearing, the Tribunal shall, where appropriate,
assist the parties to effect the settlement of claim by consent.
(2) An award obtained by consent shall be in Form 9.
(1) At the hearing before the Tribunal, the claimant shall
be entitled to adduce evidence, call any witness or produce any document, record
or thing in support of his case.
(2) After the claimant has presented his case, the respondent
shall present his case and may adduce evidence, call any witness or produce
any document, record or thing in support of his case.
(3) After the claimant and respondent have closed their respective
cases, a brief oral or written submission may be made by the respondent and
thereafter by the claimant.
(4) The President may at any time assist the parties in conducting
(5) An award made under this regulation shall be in Form 10.