530. Preliminary meetings.

530.     Preliminary meetings.

Before any allegation1 is considered by a committee2 at a hearing3, that committee or the chair of the committee may hold a preliminary meeting if such a meeting would, in its or his opinion, assist the committee to perform its functions4. A preliminary meeting must be chaired by the chair of the committee considering the allegation5, held with a legal assessor in attendance6, and held in private with the parties, their representatives and any person the chair or committee considers appropriate7.

The chair of the preliminary meeting may give directions as to the conduct of