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Conduct of hearing

    (1)     At a hearing, the Patient Review Panel must hear and determine the application before it.

    (2)     Subject to subsection (3), the procedure of the Patient Review Panel is in the Panel's discretion.

    (3)     At a hearing of an application by the Patient Review Panel—

        (a)         the proceedings must be conducted with as little formality and technicality as proper consideration of the application permits; and

        (b)     there is no right to legal representation unless the Panel grants leave to the applicant to have legal representation; and

        (c)     the applicant is entitled to—

              (i)     be present; and

              (ii)     to make submissions; and

              (iii)     to be accompanied by another person; and

        (d)     the proceedings must not be open to the public; and

        (e)     subject to paragraph (f), the Panel is bound by the rules of natural justice; and

        (f)         the Panel is not bound by the rules of evidence and may inform itself in any way it thinks fit.

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