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What if I don’t agree with the decision?

If you don’t agree with the decision, you must apply to the Court of Queen’s Bench within 30 days of the board’s decision. If you want to do this, you may wish to seek legal assistance, as appeals will only be reviewed by the Court of Queen’s Bench if they involve a point of law or a question of the board’s jurisdiction.

When will I get the decision?

The LGA board will consider all evidence submitted by you and by the executive director. Based on the information presented to them, the board will make a legally binding written decision. The board will provide its decision and reasons in writing as soon possible after the hearing. The written decision will be mailed to you and all parties.

Can I ask for an interpreter?

If you need a French language interpreter, notify the LGA in advance and we’ll provide one for you. If you need an interpreter for any other language, arranging and paying for one will be your responsibility.

What if I change my mind and I no longer want a hearing?

If you change your mind, you must notify the LGA in writing that you no longer want to have a hearing.

Can the public attend hearings?

Hearings are open to the public, unless there is a good reason for the hearing to be held in private. Hearing notices and results are posted at the LGA’s offices and on the LGA website.

The LGA board may choose to close a hearing, or portions of a hearing, when financial, private or proprietary information is being presented.

Where will my hearing be held?

Hearings are usually held in person, often at the LGA’s offices in Winnipeg. Hearings may be held in another community when this can be arranged, or by a written submission, telephone or video conference when necessary.

What is a witness?

A witness is a credible person with direct knowledge of any event that may support your case. Witnesses have to swear that their evidence is the truth. You’re responsible for arranging for your witnesses and for ensuring they attend the hearing.

What is evidence?

It’s important to bring evidence to prove your case. The board members hearing your case will make their decision based on the information presented at the hearing.

Evidence is given when:

  • you testify on your behalf
  • credible witnesses, with relevant knowledge, testify on your behalf, for example regarding facts about your case, and/or character or professional references relevant to your appeal
  • you relevant present documents, photographs, receipts, letters or other printed material that support your appeal

Can I ask questions about my file before the hearing?

Yes. If you have any questions, please email or call the person who sent you your file. Contact information is in the letter attached to your file.

Can I see the LGA’s file on my case before the hearing?

Before the hearing date, the LGA will send you a copy of the information used by the executive director to make the decision or order. This information will help you to prepare your case.