Appeal against Registrar's Decision on Workers Registration

[ Appeal under section 52(1) of Construction Workers Registration Ordinance ]

Under what circumstances can I appeal against the decision?

A person may appeal against the decision of the Registrar notified to him/her in writing under section 51(7)(b) of the Construction Workers Registration Ordinance regarding the confirmation, variation, or substitution of the decision under section 43(1), 44(1) or 49(1) which he/she has applied for a review. He/she can appeal to Construction Industry Council (Council) against the decision in accordance with the procedures stated below.

How can I lodge an appeal?

A person may, within 2 weeks after being notified by the Registrar in writing of its decision under section 51(7)(b) of the Ordinance, appeal to the Council against such decision by serving on the Council a "Notice of Appeal" (Form AF1)stating the substance of the matter and reasons for the appeal.

Procedures for Appeal

  1. The prescribed fee payable in respect of an application for appeal is HK$30 and the fee once paid is non-refundable. No refund shall be made whether the appeal is successful or not, or in case it is withdrawn. Payment can be made by cash or crossed cheque payable to the "Construction Industry Council";

  2. an applicant may submit the duly completed "Notice of Appeal" and the requisite payment either in person or by post to the Council (address: CIC Headquarters, 38/F, COS Centre, 56 Tsun Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon);

  3. an appeal under section 52(1) of the Ordinance against a decision does not suspend the decision unless the Council decides otherwise;

  4. as soon as practicable after receiving a “Notice of Appeal”, the Council shall forward a copy of the Notice to the Secretary for Development (the Secretary);

  5. the Secretary shall appoint a Construction Workers Appeal Board (Appeal Board)to hear the appeal within 30 days after receipt of a “Notice of Appeal” issued under section 52(1) of the Ordinance;

  6. the members of an Appeal Board shall elect a chairman from amongst themselves;

  7. an Appeal Board shall consist of 5 members, and the quorum of an Appeal Board is 4 members;

  8. the parties to an appeal are -

    (a) the appellant; and

    (b) the Registrar;

  9. the chairman of an Appeal Board shall appoint the time and place of the hearing of the appeal and notify the parties to the appeal;

  10. a party to an appeal may be present at the hearing of the appeal and may make representation in person; or be represented by counsel or a solicitor or any other person authorized by the party in writing;

  11. the hearing of an appeal shall be held in public unless the Appeal Board, on its own motion or on the application of a party to an appeal, orders that all or part of the hearing shall be held in camera;

  12. an Appeal Board shall not make an order under section 55(4) (i.e. point 11 above)unless the Appeal Board –

    (a) has consulted the parties to the appeal; and

    (b) is satisfied that the order is necessary in the interests of justice;

  13. the decision of an Appeal Board on an appeal shall be that of the majority of the members hearing the appeal, and if there is an equality of votes, the chairman of the Appeal Board shall have a casting vote in addition to his original vote.

Notification of decision

Powers of Appeal Board

  1. An Appeal Board may, by notice under the signature of its chairman—

    (a) summon any person to attend the hearing to give evidence or produce any document or other thing in his possession; and

    (b) authorize a person to inspect the construction work, if any, to which the appeal relates.

  2. An Appeal Board may—

    (a) examine a person summoned under subsection 57(1)(a) (i.e. point 1(a) above) as a witness or require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession;

    (b) hear and consider representations made by or on behalf of the parties to the appeal; and

    (c) hear, receive and examine evidence on oath.

  3. An Appeal Board may, in an appeal against a decision of the Council—

    (a) confirm or revoke the decision; or

    (b) make any decision that the Council could have made.

  4. An Appeal Board may make any order as it thinks fit with regard to the payment of the costs of the parties to an appeal in the appeal.
  5. Costs awarded or imposed are recoverable as a civil debt.