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British Psychological Society

Website http://www.bps.org.uk
Tribunal rules Set out in the Society’s statutes
Code of Standards, etc Code of Ethics and Conduct 2006
Grounds for disciplinary proceedings Professional misconduct or being unfit to remain a member
Powers of administrative suspension? Yes, interim orders.
Settlement/conciliation procedures available? No
Who investigates? Investigatory Panels
Power of entry/search and seizure? No
Power to demand information? Yes, from members
Pre-trial hearing? At the discretion of the Chair of the Committee
Discovery of documents? Yes, informal procedures
Pleadings? No
Tribunal’s title Conduct and Health Committees
Address St Andrew’s House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester LE1 7DR
Legally qualified chairman? No
Tribunal includes lay element? Yes
Tribunal has legal assessor/clerk? Yes
Evidence heard on oath? No
Prosecution conducted in name of The Investigatory Committee
Prosecution usually conducted by Counsel
Judicial rules of evidence apply? No
Standard of proof Civil.
Maximum fine No power to fine
Costs against prosecutor? No
Power to order compensation? No
Proceedings open to public? Yes
Reasons given for decisions? Yes
Published sentencing guidelines No
Where are decisions reported? Website; press release; The Psychologist
Alternative to full disciplinary proceedings? Warning letter, and Fitness to Practise Committee
Ombudsman No
Appellate tribunal Yes, Professional Conduct Board, Appeal Procedures including legal advisor and lay element.
Is right of appeal limited? Yes
Costs against prosecutor? No
Right of appeal to prosecutor? No


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