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Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

(See also Office for the Supervision of Solicitors)

Website http://www.solicitorstribunal.org.uk
Tribunal rules Solicitors (Disciplinary Proceedings) Rules 2007, SI 2007/3588
Code of Standards, etc Guide to the Professional Conduct of Solicitors
Grounds for disciplinary proceedings Breach of rules
Pre-trial hearing? Not usually
Discovery of documents? Yes
Pleadings? Yes
Tribunal The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Address The Clerk to the Solicitors
Disciplinary Tribunal, 3rd floor
Gate House
1 Farringdon Street
London EC4M7NS
Legally qualified chairman? Yes (usually), and two legally qualified members
Tribunal includes lay element? Yes
Tribunal has legal assessor/clerk? Yes
Evidence heard on oath? Yes
Prosecution conducted in name of The Law Society
Prosecution usually conducted by An external solicitor or barrister
Judicial rules of evidence apply? In modified form, as per internal rules
Standard of proof Civil standard
Maximum fine £5,000 per allegation (remitted to HM Treasury)
Costs against prosecutor? Yes
Power to order compensation? No
Proceedings open to public? Yes
Reasons given for decisions? Yes
Published sentencing guidelines No
Where are decisions reported? Law Society Gazette and London Gazette
Alternative to full disciplinary proceedings? None
Ombudsman No
Appellate tribunal High Court (Master of Rolls in restoration cases). CPR Practice Direction 52
Is right of appeal limited? No
Costs against prosecutor? As in Divisional Court
Right of appeal to prosecutor? Yes


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