What is a Short Hearing?

You may be scheduled for a Short Hearing if the IRB-RPD decides that your refugee claim:

  • Has only one or two important  issues that need to be discussed, and 
  • Can be decided in a short one to two hour hearing.
Claims available for a Short Hearing

The IRB-RPD will decide if a short-hearing is appropriate for your claim based on its knowledge of country conditions and claim types, and its experience in how claims are decided in a hearing. 

Your claim may be chosen for a short hearing if your:

  • Country or claim type has an acceptance rate of 80% or higher 
  • Country or claim type has an acceptance rate of 20% or lower
  • Country or claim type normally requires discussion of  just one or two issues, or
  • Country or claim type doesn’t have complex legal issues or facts.

Any country or claim type which is selected for processing under the FRP is automatically considered for processing under the short-hearing process, if a hearing is needed. 

Claims not available for a Short Hearing

The IRB-RPD will decide your claim does not qualify for a Short Hearing if:

  • The Minister has filed a Notice of Intervention to attend your hearing; or
  • A Notice has been sent under the IRB-RPD rules notifying the Minister of a possible exclusion, inadmissibility or integrity issue in your claim.
If your claim is selected for a Short Hearing

You will be sent a special Notice to Appear. If you believe that your hearing needs more than two hours you should immediately make an application to change the hearing to a longer hearing and explain why you think two hours is not enough time. If the IRB-RPD agrees with you, they will try to reschedule you for a longer period of time on the same day. If that is not possible, they will schedule a new date.