If parties are unable to reach an agreement through facilitated negotiations, the Board may hold a hearing to resolve the dispute oral hearing. Hearings may be done entirely through written correspondence, or they may be orally and in-person. Oral hearings to determine compensation are usually done in person near the subject lands. They are conducted by a panel of one to three Board members and are open to the public. During an oral hearing, each side is given the opportunity to present evidence supporting their position and to rebut the other side’s evidence. This process somewhat resembles court proceedings, however, Board hearings are not as formal and do not have to obey all of the processes of a court.
For more information about hearings, refer to the following: