Hearing Officer

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An officer of the European Court of Justice whose role was established in 1982 after criticism of the administrative nature of the decision-making process of the Commission in competition law cases. His terms of reference were published in the Commission's XXth Report on Competition Policy. He organizes and chairs hearings, decides the date, duration, and place of hearings, seeks to ensure protection of the interests of defendants, and supervises the preparation of minutes of hearings. He will, in addition, prepare his own report of a hearing and make recommendations as to the future conduct of the matter.

Subjects: Law.

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