Public Hearing Visitor Protocol / Reservations

Upon arrival, visitors attending a public hearing are required to sign in at the reception desk at the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) located on the 4th floor at 2025 West Broadway in Vancouver, BC. All attendees must sign a confirmation that they have read and understand the public hearing protocol.


Public Hearing Visitor Policy

1. Please be advised that visitors are responsible for checking the TRB's website frequently for updates before they attend the hearing as dates and times are subject to change without notice. It is also possible that a citation might resolve by consent, even right up to the commencement of the hearing, and that the hearing may therefore not proceed.
2. Hearings will take place at the TRB office in Vancouver (400-2025 West Broadway) unless otherwise noted.
3. Upon arrival, visitors attending a public hearing are required to sign in at the reception desk at the TRB located on the 4th floor.
4. Visitors will be provided with a visitor pass and are required to display their visitor pass at all times.
5. Ten (10) seats will be provided for visitors, who can reserve a seat via the website in advance of the hearing. Standing during the proceedings will not be permitted.
6. Once ten (10) visitor passes have been distributed and the room has reached capacity, visitors may remain in the reception area in case additional seating becomes available.
7. Visitors who arrive late to a hearing will not be permitted access to the hearing room once the proceeding has begun.
8. Food is not permitted in the hearing room or reception area.
9. The hearing panel has the right to make certain parts of the hearings, or even the entirety of a hearing, private at their discretion. Therefore any observers (public, journalists, etc.) could be asked to leave at any time if the panel decides that there is a privacy or other legal interest that requires protection.
10. All attendees are required to maintain confidentiality and may not disclose or reveal in any way the identity of any witness, or any person whose name appears in evidence, who is under the age of 19.
11. Talking is not permitted during the proceedings.
12. The hearing room will be emptied during all breaks and during lunch.
13. Access to other areas of the Teacher Regulation Branch is not permitted.
14. Visitors are required to sign out and return their visitor passes at the end of their visit each day.

Use of Electronic Devices

For the purposes of this policy, "electronic device" means any device capable of transmitting and/or recording data or audio, including smartphones, cellular phones, computers, laptops, tablets, notebooks, personal digital assistants, or other similar devices.
1. Any person may use an electronic device to transmit or receive text in a discreet manner that does not interfere with the proceedings.
2. An electronic device may not be used in the hearing room:
  • in a manner that interferes with the court sound system or other technology;
  • in manner that interferes with hearing room decorum, or otherwise impedes the administration of justice;
  • in a manner that generates sound or requires speaking into the device;
  • to take photographs or video images;
  • to record or digitally transcribe the proceedings except as permitted by this policy.
3. Accredited media may use electronic devices to audio record a proceeding for the sole purpose of verifying their notes and for no other purpose.
4. Nothing in this policy affects the authority of the Hearing Chair to determine what, if any, use can be made of electronic devices in the hearing room.

Individuals who do not comply with all the above requirements may be denied access to the hearing.



Office of the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation

Ensuring that concerns about the competence and conduct of certificate holders are addressed independently, fairly, expeditiously and in the public interest.

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