(1)The adjudicator must investigate the application to decide whether it would be appropriate to make an order on the application.
(2)Also, if an agreement is referred to an adjudicator under section 252I(5), the adjudicator may investigate the agreement to decide whether it would be appropriate to make a consent order under section 276(5).
(3)When investigating the application or agreement, the adjudicator—
(a)must observe natural justice; and
(b)must act as quickly, and with as little formality and technicality, as is consistent with a fair and proper consideration of the application or agreement; and
(c)is not bound by the rules of evidence.