BSB Disciplinary Tribunals
Produced in partnership with Paul Pretty of Bar Standards Board
BSB Disciplinary Tribunals

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Paul Pretty of Bar Standards Board provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • BSB Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Service of charges and/or application and documents to be served on the defendant
  • Directions
  • Setting the date, appointing a tribunal and issuing a convening order
  • The Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Procedure at the hearing
  • Decision of a court or tribunal

Service of charges and/or application and documents to be served on the defendant

Once the Commissioner or the Independent Decision-Making Body (IDB) Panel has decided to refer a matter to a Disciplinary Tribunal, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) must appoint a person to represent the BSB in respect of the charge and or application.

Once appointed, the BSB representative must ensure that a copy of the charges and/or application is served on the respondent with a copy of the Disciplinary Regulations not later than ten weeks after the date on which the IDB or the Commissioner decided to refer the matter to a Disciplinary Tribunal.

As soon as is practicable after the issue of the charges and/or applications to the respondent, the BSB representative must give the respondent:

  1. a copy of evidence of any witness intended to be called in support of any charge or applications (this includes formal and informal witness statements eg letters or attendance notes)

  2. a copy of any other documents intended to be relied by the BSB, and

  3. either standard directions or any special directions applied for by the BSB

If the documents are not sent to the respondent within 28 days of the service of the charges, then the BSB must provide the respondent with:

  1. details of the evidence that is being sought, and

  2. details of when