What happens at the IRP hearing
WATCH: My name is Paul Doroshenko and I’m a lawyer with Acumen Law Corporation. We are the lawyers for people from all around BC when it comes to disputing Immediate Roadside Prohibitions. We succeed in more IRP review hearings than any other BC law firm month after month, so you can have some confidence that we know what we’re talking about.
It’s common that we end up using the entire 30 minute period making submissions to ensure that all of our arguments have been covered.
When it comes to IRP hearings, in most cases it’s better to have an oral hearing. With an oral IRP hearing you can gauge the understanding of the adjudicator when you’re explaining complex points in law. You can cover material twice if you get the sense that they may have misunderstood what took place. You have a greater chance to clarify your arguments and it’s less likely that the adjudicator will miss your point. So we normally conduct oral hearings.
Depending on the arguments that we intend to advance, in our preparation for the hearing we typically fax a significant amount of evidence, precedents and legislation to RoadSafetyBC before the hearing starts. So our material is there before the adjudicator when the hearing begins.
The amount of the material that we submit is somewhat legendary. We’ve sent in over 400 pages of material for a single case to help us succeed at a client’s IRP appeal hearing.
The hearing begins when the adjudicator calls us. The Acumen IRP lawyer who is handling the case takes the call. The first few minutes is taken checking to ensure that all of the documents have been provided to both offices. Then the argument gets underway.
The IRP lawyer will go through the important points of the evidence and then explain what it all means. The adjudicator usually takes notes to ensure that they have a record for themselves when they sit down to write their decision.
The adjudicator will not give a decision at the end of the hearing. In most cases they will fax us their decision before the 21-day deadline.
It’s common that we end up using the entire 30 minute period making submissions to ensure that all of our arguments have been covered. Our concern is that we want to ensure that we’ve done the best job we can for our clients.
If you’ve just got an IRP, don’t be angry at yourself right now because that will not help you. We may be able to help you but remember that you have only seven days to file for review of the prohibition so you should contact us now.
We have successfully defended more IRPs than any other law firm and we’ll do our best to help you with yours. Call us and we’ll talk to you about your case.