977. Hearing's in a party's absence.

977.     Hearing's in a party's absence.

If a party fails to attend a hearing the tribunal1 may proceed with the hearing if the tribunal is satisfied that the party has been notified of the hearing2 or that reasonable steps have been taken to notify the party of the hearing; and it considers that it is in the interests of justice to proceed with the hearing3.

However, the tribunal may not proceed with a hearing in the absence of the patient4 unless the patient has been medically examined5 and the tribunal is satisfied