As of November 1, 2015, the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) will be conducting a transcript pilot project. The six month pilot project will evaluate whether or not efficiencies can be achieved in the processing of appeals by the RAD that would merit the provision of Refugee Protection Division (RPD) hearing transcripts by the IRB to counsel or self-represented appellants on a permanent basis.
The pilot project will include appeals filed from November 1, 2015 until January 31, 2016. During these first three months of the pilot project, a transcript of the RPD hearing will be produced for half of the appeals filed at the RAD. Appellants in that group will be provided with a transcript of the RPD hearing in addition to the usual CD recording and a copy of the transcript will also be placed on the RAD file in those appeals. However, counsel and appellants are reminded that all appeals, whether or not they receive a transcript, are subject to the usual RAD legislated time limits.
The pilot will examine potential gains in efficiency for the Board, in the quality and timeliness of decision-making, and the overall rate of appeal finalizations. Findings from the pilot are expected to be available in the spring of 2016.
For more information regarding this initiative, please consult the Questions and Answers sheet.