Conduct of hearings
Every oral hearing in the course of proceedings shall be opened, directed and closed by the Chairman, who shall be responsible for the proper conduct of the hearing.
The Hearing Panel shall, so far as it appears to be appropriate, seek to avoid formality in its proceedings and shall conduct any oral hearing in such manner as it considers most appropriate for the clarification of the issues and generally for the just efficient and expeditious handling of the proceedings.
The Hearing Panel may, of its own initiative or on the application of any party, direct that a witness or a party, or the representative of a party may take part in any oral proceedings by way of video link or telephone conference in such manner as the Hearing Panel may direct, and whether or not that person is physically present within the DIFC.
Unless the Hearing Panel otherwise directs, no witness of fact or expert shall be heard unless the relevant witness statement or expert report has been submitted in advance of the hearing and in accordance with any directions of the Hearing Panel.
Unless the Hearing Panel otherwise directs, all documentary exhibits of a particular class (e.g. correspondence, witness statements, contractual documents, etc) shall be presented in bundles arranged chronologically, and any document contained in such a bundle shall be deemed authentic without further proof.
Any documentary exhibit whose authenticity is challenged shall be excluded from such bundles and shall be proved by such evidence as is appropriate to the circumstances.
After the Chairman has closed the proceedings, no further evidence or argument may be submitted without the consent of the Hearing Panel.
The Hearing Panel may determine all questions of fact and law that arise in any proceedings brought before it.