5.1. The Panel may itself or on the application of any party at any time give directions or make orders for the conduct of appeals as it considers appropriate, and it shall have power, on the application of the appellant, to suspend or vary in whole or in part the operation of the order, decision, or recommendation which is the subject of the appeal pending the determination of the appeal.
5.2. When a hearing has been arranged, the Secretary of the Panel shall send to each party, at least seven clear days before the date appointed for the hearing, notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing, and information on the right of representation by another person, on attendance, on the right to produce documents, and on the calling of evidence (where permitted by the statutes and these regulations).
5.3. The Panel shall appoint a date, time, and place in Oxford for the hearing of the appeal, which should usually be within 2 weeks of the decision to grant permission, but shall have power, if it judges this to be advisable, to adjourn a proposed hearing at any time before it has begun and substitute alternative arrangements for the hearing.
5.4. (1) If any party wishes the Panel to hear evidence or new evidence on the hearing of the appeal he or she must apply to the Panel in writing for permission to call that evidence.
(2) Any application must be accompanied by a written and signed statement of the witness whom it is proposed to call or (if that is not available) the best particulars of the evidence which the witness will give and an explanation for the absence of a written and signed statement.
5.5. Notice of any application made under regulation 5.1 or regulation 5.4 above shall be sent by the Secretary to all other parties, and the Panel shall not give a ruling on it until those parties have been given a reasonable opportunity to reply to it and any reply has been considered.
5.6. The documents for the hearing shall consist of:
(1) the notice of appeal (or application for permission to appeal);
(2) the written decision which is the subject of the appeal and the reasons for that decision;
(3) the record of the proceedings below;
(4) the written statements of all persons who were called as witnesses;
(5) all other documents submitted to the tribunal or person whose decision is the subject of the appeal;
(6) any further documents, witness statements, or submissions requested or permitted by the Panel to be considered on the appeal.
5.7. It shall be the duty of the Secretary:
(1) to prepare the bundle of the documents for the hearing for the use of the Panel, consecutively page-numbered;
(2) to prepare an index of those documents, with the page-numbering, and to send a copy of that index to all parties to the appeal; and
(3) to supply any party who does not have a copy of any document with a copy of it.