24 (1) The Minister shall appoint
(a) a person, other than a staff member or an offender, who has knowledge of the administrative decision-making process to be an independent chairperson for the purpose of conducting hearings of serious disciplinary offences; and
(b) a senior independent chairperson for each region from among the independent chairpersons of that region.
(2) A senior independent chairperson shall
(a) advise and, in conjunction with the Service, train the independent chairpersons in the senior independent chairperson’s region;
(b) promote the principle among the independent chairpersons in the senior independent chairperson’s region that similar sanctions should be imposed for similar disciplinary offences committed in similar circumstances; and
(c) exchange information with the senior independent chairpersons of other regions.
(3) A person appointed pursuant to subsection (1) shall hold office during good behaviour for a period of not more than five years, which period may be renewed by the Minister.
(4) An independent chairperson shall be remunerated at a rate determined by the Treasury Board and given travel and living expenses in accordance with the Treasury Board Travel Directive for travel and living expenses related to
(a) conducting a hearing of a disciplinary offence;
(b) participating in an information session;
(c) participating in an orientation and training session;
(d) participating in a consultation session with staff members or inmates; and
(e) performing related duties at the request of the Service.
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