980. Matters arising both before and during hearings.

980.     Matters arising both before and during hearings.

The chair1 may issue practice directions of general application to any proceedings of the fitness to practise committee2. The committee may, at any time in the course of proceedings before it seek advice from a clinical adviser3 on a health related issue or another specialist adviser4 on issues falling within their speciality or related to it5. All questions of admissibility of evidence and law before the fitness to practise committee are to be decided by the committee (after having obtained the advice of the legal adviser6, where appropriate)7.

Where the