We have two main disciplinary panels that we refer cases to, they are:
The panels are both made up of two lay members (people who do not work for the CILEx Group or the legal profession) and one Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.
The PCP and DT each have an independent Clerk whose role is to help the parties with the procedure and ensure the panel considers all relevant information before it makes a decision. The Clerk does not decide the result of the hearing.
We also have an Appeals Panel that is set up in a similar way. It deals with appeals from the people and firms we regulate against decisions made by the PCP or DT. It also deals with appeals from us.
Where we refer a case to the Professional Conduct Panel (PCP), its role is to decide whether there is enough evidence to show that the Code is more likely than not to have been broken in a serious way. If the PCP decides there is enough evidence, it can refer the case to the Disciplinary Tribunal.
If the person or firm admits the wrongdoing, they can agree for the PCP to:
PCP meetings are held in private.
The Disciplinary Tribunal (DT) holds formal public hearings to decide cases. It has the power to take action where the wrongdoing has either been admitted by the person or firm or proved by CILEx Regulation. The DT can:
In very serious cases, the PCP and DT can also make temporary orders to protect customers while the case is ongoing. This includes temporary orders to:
The Appeals Panel deals with appeals from the people and firms we regulate against decisions made by the PCP or DT. It also deals with appeals from us. Information providers and members of the public cannot request an appeal, but they may be entitled to attend an appeal hearing if it is held in public.
Find out about upcoming DT and Appeal hearings here.