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Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Tribunal rules The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
The Royal Charter
The Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Practitioners (Disciplinary Committee)(Procedure and Evidence)Rules 2004
Code of Standards, etc Guide to Professional Conduct
Grounds for disciplinary proceedings Disgraceful conduct in any professional respect
Criminal conviction
Incorrect and fraudulent registration
Powers of administrative suspension? No
Settlement/conciliation procedures available? No
Who investigates? Preliminary Investigation Committee
Power of entry/search and seizure? No
Power to demand information? No
Pre-trial hearing? No
Discovery of documents? Bundles may be agreed before hearing
Pleadings? No
Tribunal The Disciplinary Committee
Address The Registrar
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Belgravia House
62–64 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 2AF
Legally qualified chairman? No
Tribunal includes lay element? Yes. There is also a significant lay component on the Council (charging authority).
Tribunal has legal assessor/clerk? Yes
Evidence heard on oath? Yes
Prosecution conducted in name of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Prosecution usually conducted by An external solicitor or counsel
Judicial rules of evidence apply? In modified form
Standard of proof Civil: must be ‘satisfied to the highest civil standard of proof; so that it is sure’
Maximum fine Fines not available
Costs against prosecutor? No
Power to order compensation? No
Proceedings open to public? Yes
Reasons given for decisions? Yes
Published sentencing guidelines Yes
Where are decisions reported? National press if of interest
Alternative to full disciplinary proceedings? Informally
Ombudsman No
Appellate tribunal Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Is right of appeal limited? No
Costs against prosecutor? Yes
Right of appeal to prosecutor? No


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