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Hearing officers may consult with other hearings officers (or other staff members) in formulating their decisions; see, for example, Re J.R.L.; Ex Parte C.J.L., 161 CLR 342 at 351:

“This proscription does not, of course, debar a judge hearing a case from consulting with other judges of his court who have no interest in the matter or with court personnel whose function is to aid him in carrying out his judicial responsibilities. The same standard is applied in the Code of Judicial Conduct for United States Judges, approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States: see Canon 3 and commentary.”

Ultimately, however, the decision remains the full responsibility of the delegated hearing officer.

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