2.3. Objection by a party

Most partiality proceedings are initiated by a party objecting to a board member under Art. 24(3) EPC. According to the established jurisprudence of the boards of appeal, if a party is to receive a fair hearing before a tribunal, such a party should have no reasonable ground (on an objective basis) to suspect that any member of the tribunal is partial or prejudiced in relation to deciding the case (cf. G 5/91, OJ 1992, 617; G 1/05 of 7 December 2006, OJ 2007, 362; T 433/93, OJ 1997, 509; T 95/04, T 283/03, T 1193/02).

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