The purpose of public hearings

Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow the person to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence.

The purpose of a public hearing is to show that our disciplinary system is open and transparent. It will demonstrate that we do hold officers who breach the standards of professional behaviour, or those where misconduct is found proven, accountable for their actions.

Who can attend?

Anyone can attend a misconduct hearing. We allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Please note that the Chair may also decide to impose other conditions before or during the hearing.

Apply to attend a hearing

Please view the upcoming hearings to find out the date, time and venue of each hearing. On the day of the hearing, please bring photo ID with you.

We can’t reimburse any expenses you incur by attending.

Please note

Sometimes a misconduct hearing is cancelled at short notice. In these situations we’ll do our best to notify you, but it may not be possible. We’re sorry if this happens to you. 

Changes to expect

Sometimes a misconduct hearing is not held in public or only a part is heard in public. To decide this, the Chair takes into account:

  • national security
  • whether it interferes with the prevention or detection of crime
  • the welfare of parties involved

If the Chair decides that the evidence to be given by a witness or anyone else should not be disclosed in public, they’ll ask that the public be removed from the hearing.

Read our conditions of entry for more information on attending a misconduct hearing.

Accessibility 

We provide the following facilities to visitors who are less abled:

  • accessible toilets 
  • full disabled access to the hearing room
  • a limited number of parking spaces for disabled attendees, which must be pre-booked
If any members of the public or press have any other specific access requirements they should email our Professional Standards Department when making their application.

Police appeals tribunals

Police appeals tribunals hear appeals against the findings of gross misconduct brought by police officers or special constables.

Members of the public can attend appeal hearings as observers but aren’t allowed to participate in proceedings.