Newsflash: Changes to SAT procedure

The latest amendment to the State Administrative Tribunal Rules 2004 (WA) (Rules) took effect as of 18 May 2016. 

The amendment inserts a new ‘division’ into the Rules and substitutes and inserts particular provisions. 

The main change resulting from the amendment is a clarification of the role out that experts have in State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) proceedings and providing that an expert  cannot have a role as an advocate/party in the proceedings and vice versa. 

This legislative change clearly conveys that experts attend SAT hearings to impartially and independently assist SAT and not to advocate for a party. 

There are other changes resulting from the amendment which include circumstances where an agent can be barred from representing a party before SAT because of their conduct.

If you have any questions in relation to the above articles please do not hesitate to contact Craig Wallace.

Disclaimer – the information contained in this publication does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice in relation to any particular matter you may have before relying or acting on this information. The Lavan team are here to assist.