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Can a decision-maker's bias be waived?

In some circumstances, a person that will be affected by a decision may know that the decision-maker has an interest in the decision (e.g. if the officer that makes the decision on the public authority’s behalf has dealt with the decision at an earlier stage and knows the parties involved), but will still choose to allow the decision-maker to continue to act (i.e. they will agree to waive any objection that they have to the decision-maker’s involvement). Where the person affected by a decision waives their objection in this way, it is very unlikely that they will be permitted to raise an objection on these grounds at a later stage.

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