How Hearing Panels are Appointed

Determination of a panel will be made by the Commissioner for every case that proceeds to a hearing. As part of that, the Commissioner may choose to appoint members from the pool of public members to sit on hearings as appropriate. The Teachers Act also requires that panels are appointed based on the following criteria:

  • One of the three panel members must be a BCTF member, unless no BCTF member is available, and
  • One panel member must have knowledge and experience of independent schools if the case involves a respondent who holds an independent school teaching certificate.

Learn more about public hearings and the hearing process.

How to Apply for the Hearing Panel Pool

Interested persons living in British Columbia are invited to apply for inclusion in the Hearing Panel roster, which will form the Hearing Panel Pool. Persons from this Pool who are chosen to serve on a panel will be compensated at an anticipated $600 per hearing day. Panels will be conducted in Vancouver, British Columbia. Expenses for travel and any meals during hearing panel proceedings will be reimbursed to the panel member based on government policy. Please note, as with the law courts, while many hearings are scheduled, few actually proceed. As an example, in 2013 only four matters proceeded to a hearing.

Applicants must:

  • Not be a current employee of the Ministry of Education
  • Not be elected to or be a declared candidate for public office in the provincial government or a board of education
  • Not be a complainant in an outstanding complaint about a teacher in British Columbia
  • Not have been a certified teacher at any time during the last 20 years
  • Consent to a criminal records check
  • Provide a record of any discipline or investigations by a professional body regarding them that occurred within the last 10 years.
  • Be willing and available to take training in administrative law and principles of natural justice; the conduct of fair hearings and evaluating evidence; decision making and writing; and the processes of the Teacher Regulation Branch

The following will be considered by the Ministry in selecting individuals for the Hearing Panel Pool:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the public interest and the protection of children
  • Previous experience in conducting administrative hearings and in providing written reasons for decisions
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of administrative law and natural justice
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.

If you are interested, send us your resume (with your current contact information, including your email address) in one of the following ways:

We appreciate your interest in this important work, and we will contact you directly if we wish to further consider your application for the Hearing Panel Pool.