Can a settlement be reached with the other party?

At any stage in the process, either party can reach a settlement.

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At any stage of the dispute resolution process, any party can come to an agreement. 

If one party wants to submit a settlement proposal, the RTB will forward it to the other party. It is then up to the other party to either accept the settlement proposal and withdraw the case, or not accept the propsal and proceed to a hearing. 

If an agreement is reached, the applicant must notify the RTB that they wish to withdraw the case. 

During a hearing, a Tribunal may adjourn (stop the hearing for a short time) to see if either party can reach an agreement between themselves. If parties do reach an agreement, the Tribunal may adopt it as the legally binding decision of the Tribunal. If an agreement can not be reached between the two parties, the hearing will resume and the Tribunal will decide the outcome. 

Can an appeal be withdrawn?

Yes. An appeal can be withdrawn by an appellant at any time prior to the Tribunal making a determination on the matter. If you wish to withdraw your Appeal prior to the hearing date you must write to the RTB stating your wish to do so. However, if the matter is being dealt with by the Tribunal at a hearing, you can tell the Tribunal that you are withdrawing the matter.

Upon being notified of a withdrawal, the Tribunal is required to enquire whether the other party to the dispute objects to the withdrawal and, if so, the Tribunal will sit to decide on any application for costs of the other party against you. In the event that the other party, when  notified of the withdrawal, does not object, a Determination Order will be made based on the Adjudicators decision and this will be binding on the parties to the dispute.