What happens at a Social Benefits Tribunal ODSP appeal?
Question & AnswerWhat happens at a Social Benefits Tribunal ODSP appeal?
4. Present evidence and reasons you disagree with ODSP
You have to convince the (SBT) that the decision you're appealing is wrong. This is the decision made by the or your local Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) office.
The SBT member makes a decision based on the evidence from you and ODSP. Evidence includes what witnesses say and documents that have been filed with the SBT. Witnesses must promise to tell the truth.
You file your documents when you give them to the SBT and have followed the rules about how to do this.
You're an important witness at your hearing. When you give your evidence, this is called “testifying”. If you have other witnesses, they also testify.
You can also ask your witnesses questions.
The SBT member can ask witnesses questions.
And if ODSP sends a Case Presenting Officer to the hearing, they can also ask witnesses questions.
After the evidence
After all the evidence has been presented, you can explain to the SBT member why you think that the decision you're appealing is wrong.
The Case Presenting Officer can also say why the SBT should not change the decision by the Disability Adjudication Unit or your local ODSP office.