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Observation SHD (Prescribed Bodies): Oral hearings

This page explains about oral hearings and SHD applications

Oral hearings

Can I request an oral hearing?
Yes. You can request an oral hearing. The Board will generally only hold an oral hearing to help it understand a particularly complex case or if it involves significant national or local issues. The Board has the power to hold an oral hearing with or without a request for one. In SHD applications, oral hearings will only be held in very rare cases.

How do I ask for an oral hearing?
To ask for an oral hearing, you need to make an oral hearing request. To make a request you must:

  • tick the box that says “Yes, I want to request an oral hearing” on the Observation Form, or
  • write in your observation that you want to ask for an oral hearing, or
  • write to us and ask for one.

Please note, if you request an oral hearing, you will have to pay a non-refundable fee of €50. Further information on how to make this request is available by contacting us.