The Tribunal sets a time limit for filing a response to a complaint.
You can ask the case manager for more time in most situations.
You must apply for more time in two situations:
This information sheet tells you:
Contact the case manager by phone or in writing.
Tell the case manager two things.
The Tribunal will give you more time if the other parties agree.
The Tribunal will consider your request if the other parties don’t agree.
In some cases, the Tribunal may tell you to apply. For example:
If you apply, you must meet the legal test to get more time.
You must show that giving you more time will help get to a “just and timely resolution” of the complaint.
The Tribunal will consider the effect on the process and the outcome.
The Tribunal will consider:
A respondent may need more time:
- due to illness
- to talk to a person who is on vacation
- to investigate if the complaint is complex
- Is it fair to give the respondent more time?
- How much time does the respondent want?
- How will the delay affect the other participants?
- Has the Tribunal set a hearing date?
Example: The respondent can have more time. They must share their documents and witness list at the same time. The hearing will start as planned.