595. Preliminary meetings; hearings.

The investigating committee1 or the chair2 may hold a preliminary meeting in private with the parties, their representatives3 and any other person it or he considers appropriate if such a meeting would, in its or his opinion, assist the committee to perform its functions4. At any such meeting which he conducts, the chair may give directions5 and, with the agreement of the parties, take any action which the investigating committee would be competent to take at such a meeting6.

At any hearing in respect of a register entry allegation7: (1) the proceedings must be held in public unless the investigating