Code of conduct for members of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal

Members of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) must comply with the provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act, administered by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. To further enhance public confidence in the Tribunal, members must also abide by the Code of Conduct for Members of the Tribunal. The Chairperson is responsible for advice and enforcement regarding these provisions.

  1. As a general rule, members shall uphold the highest ethical standards of conduct and shall strive to conduct themselves in a manner that does not create bias or raise a reasonable apprehension of bias.
  2. Members shall apply the principle of independence in decision-making; accordingly, they shall fulfill their duties and responsibilities free of influence from any person, interest group or political considerations, and shall not be influenced by extraneous considerations, such as self-interest, outside pressure or fear of criticism.
  3. Members shall not allow past or existing financial, business, professional, family or social relationships or responsibilities to influence their conduct or judgment.
  4. Members shall refrain from taking part in the hearing of any matter and from taking part in any decision where a circumstance exists which raises or could raise a reasonable apprehension of bias, including where a member:
    1. has a conflict of interest;
    2. is associated, or has in the two preceding years been associated, with a private firm which represents one of the parties to a matter;
    3. has personal, family, social, work or business relations with one of the parties to a matter; or
    4. has demonstrated hostility or favouritism toward one of the parties to a matter.
  5. Members shall conduct hearings as expeditiously as the circumstances and considerations of fairness permit.
  6. Members shall treat staff and each person who appears before them with dignity and respect.
  7. Members shall conduct themselves with reserve, courtesy and discretion.
  8. Members shall, during their tenure as Tribunal members, refrain from publicly expressing opinions concerning the merits of any decision taken by the Tribunal and shall not publicly criticize or negatively comment on the procedures or structures of the Tribunal.
  9. Members shall foster their knowledge, professional skills and competence in order to continue to discharge their responsibilities fully and diligently.
  10. Members shall avoid undue delay in delivering their instructions and reasons and shall abide by the standards provided in the internal protocols, as approved by the Chairperson from time to time.