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ESA Step by Step Guide to File An Appeal

Please note the new Rules of Procedure for Reviews and Appeals (the Rules of Procedure) will come in effect on August 1, 2019. The Rules of Procedure set out what you need to know or do when you are disputing an ESA Order or Notice of Proposal.

The Rules of Procedure apply immediately to all Director’s Reviews, Director’s Hearings and Appeals to the Review Panel, even if the case started before August 1, 2019.

The information in these website pages will be updated soon. If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Valencia at 

Rules of Procedure for Appeals of Orders


If you are planning to file an appeal with the Director of Appeals, this section will provide you with the information you need to know about the appeals process.

The guides listed below will walk you through each step that is required when filing an appeal with either ESA’s Director of Appeals regarding a Notice of Proposal or Orders. This includes the steps in the process beginning with what needs to be submitted as part of the application package and to what happens at a hearing before the review panel.

Please Note: Individuals seeking to appeal a Review of an ESA Order are encouraged to speak with the Senior Inspector or Technical Advisor before filing an appeal.

Please note that the process for appealing Orders is separate from the process to appeal Notice of Proposals.

Step-by-Step Guide: Orders Step-by-Step Guide: Licensing

Appeals Process Checklist:

Appeals Process Checklist:

Flowcharts: Order Appeals Flowcharts: Licensing Appeals
Rules of Procedure for Appeals of Orders Rules of Procedure for Licences

Review Panel Roster
Provides information about the roles and responsibilities of members of the Review Panel Roster and decisions by the Review Panel on appeals.

Guideline for Appeals — FAQs 
A list of frequently asked questions regarding the appeals process from what can be appealed, how to request a time extension, what are disclosure documents, to how will a decision on an appeal be served.