7.10.2 Notice of Appeal and Reply
(a) The following procedures apply in relation to any appeal before the Appeals Committee:
(i) the appellant shall give a notice of appeal (setting out the full grounds of appeal) to the respondent and the Secretary within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt of the Disciplinary Committee's written grounds of decision;
(ii) the respondent may issue a response to the notice of appeal, which shall be served on the appellant and the Secretary within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt of the notice of appeal; and
(iii) the appellant may issue a reply to the response, which shall be served on the respondent and the Secretary within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt of the response.
(b) Time to comply with the deadlines may be extended by the chairman of the Appeals Committee upon written request, setting out the grounds for the request. Subject to the chairman's direction or approval, such request shall be made at least three (3) Business Days before the expiry of the relevant deadline. Subject to the chairman's approval, the Appeals Committee shall disregard any material that is not submitted in compliance with the prescribed deadlines. The decision of the chairman is final and binding.
(c) The Appeals Committee may hear an appeal and exercise all its powers even if the respondent does not file a response or either the respondent or the appellant is not present at the hearing or any adjourned hearing.