Misconduct hearings and special case hearings will be held in public subject to a decision made by the person chairing the hearing to exclude any person from all or part of the hearing.
Due to amendments made to the Police Conduct Regulations 2012, public now have access to misconduct hearings.
Any member of the public or press wishing to attend a misconduct hearing may apply to do so, provided they are 18 and over, but due to limitations on space and capacity, attendance at the hearing will be administered and booked by application through our booking form.
The public and press can apply for a seat by completing the attached booking form - this will become accessible once a hearing has been published.
Allocation of seats are on a strictly first come first served basis.
Every attendee must agree to comply to the 'conditions of entry' form (attached) - by marking the box beside the document.
Please note that the Chair may also decide to impose other conditions in advance of, or during the hearing. Any additional conditions established prior to the hearing will be noted within the listed hearing. (Section titled - Additional conditions of entry).
Equalities Act 2010
- Provisions have been made to facilitate people who are deaf or less abled.
- There is an induction loop system available if required - there will be no subtitles.
- Visitors with hearing impairments must arrange their own interpreters, if required.
- Wheelchair users will be facilitated subject to a place being available.
- Accessible toilets are available.
Successful attendees will be sent a confirmation email. They will be required to produce their personal registration letter (confirmation email) that was issued by the hearings unit and supporting photographic identification (passport, & or driver’s licence), along with proof of address (i.e.. a recent utility bill).
Please note that due to the limited amount of space and access to the public viewing rooms, for safety reasons, only one wheelchair user per day can be admitted. A wheelchair user will be asked to mark the relevant box within the bookings form. If a wheelchair user requires another person to accompany them, their name must be provided on the booking form.
Any expenses for attendance must be met by the applicant, and please note some cases may be cancelled at short notice without being able to notify the applicant.
Purpose of Public Hearing
Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow officers to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to be give evidence. The purpose of a public hearing is to show that the Police disciplinary system is open and transparent, will demonstrate that we do hold officers that breach the Standards of Professional Behaviour, or those that are found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions.
Notice for Hearing to be held in public
For Notice details of the available misconduct hearings please click on 'Listed Public Misconduct Hearings & booking form'.
Listed Public Misconduct Hearings & booking form
Public Misconduct Hearings Outcomes
Police Appeal Tribunals
Police Appeals Tribunals (PATs) hear appeals against the findings of gross (serious) misconduct brought by police officers or special constables. PATs are currently governed by Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 2012, which was amended in 2015.