Oral hearings for parole reviews: procedures and responsibilities

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A guide for professionals involved in oral hearings as part of the parole review process, outlining procedures, roles and responsibilities.


What is involved in the Parole Board’s oral hearings, including:

  • what everyone involved in oral hearings is responsible for, including Parole Board members, the prisoner’s representative, witnesses and observers

  • procedures that must be followed for the oral hearing

  • things the Parole Board must consider in making its decisions, such as burdens of proof and tests for release

  • how to make sure everyone is treated fairly at the hearing