523. Joint hearings.

Unless of the view that there is a risk of prejudice to the fairness of the proceedings, and upon taking the advice of the legal assessor1, the fitness to practise committee2 may consider an allegation3 against two or more registrants at the same hearing where the allegation against each registrant arises out of the same circumstances4, or in the view of the committee a joint hearing is necessary5.

The fitness to practise committee may consider one or more categories of allegation against a registrant provided always that an allegation relating to a conviction or caution is heard after any allegation