Getting Ready for a Virtual Hearing

The requirements of social distancing have accelerated the use of technology as an alternative to holding in person hearings.  Learn practical tips for setting up and conducting a hearing using video conferencing.  The virtual hearing will likely develop into one of the procedural alternatives at the disposal of an administrative decision maker.   Having the flexibility and confidence to hold virtual hearings will give tribunals another way to offer cost effective and timely resolution of disputes. 


Carol Zukiwski, LL.B, Q.Arb – Carol’s practice is primarily focused on assisting municipalities and the provincial assessor with property assessment complaints and appeals. Carol also serves as counsel to administrative tribunals helping them with determining a fair hearing procedure and with decision writing. She appears regularly before the Municipal Government Board, Composite Assessment Review Boards and before the Court of Queen’s Bench. Carol has been on the staff of two Boards and a member of two additional Boards. She is also an instructor with the Foundation of Administrative Justice, and is appointed to the Payment In Lieu of Taxes Federal Tribunal.

Adrian Wright, CTAJ – Adrian is a long time lawyer, adjudicator, and mediator. He worked for many years in the Northwest Territories.  He now lives on the West Coast. He has adjudicated claims of sexual abuse and physical abuse involving Indian Residential School survivors in the Indian Residential Schools Independent Assessment Process as well as decided and mediated human rights complaints for the Human Rights Adjudication Panel of the Northwest Territories.

He has advised and represented:

    • Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in registration, professional conduct, and other cases
    • Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

He has decided cases, advised decision makers, and both challenged and defended administrative decisions in court. He is now both the Curriculum Development Coordinator and an instructor for the Foundation of Administrative Justice.