GDC—Interim Orders Committee
Produced in partnership with Kingsley Napley LLP
GDC—Interim Orders Committee

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Kingsley Napley LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • GDC—Interim Orders Committee
  • Interim Orders Committee
  • Imposing an interim order
  • Interim Orders Committee hearings
  • Explaining decisions
  • Review
  • Extension

Interim Orders Committee

The Interim Orders Committee (IOC) is a statutory committee of the Council, which may impose interim orders for suspension or conditional registration, pending a Practice Committee hearing.

The grounds upon which the IOC can impose an order are set out in the DA 1984 and include one or more of the following circumstances:

  1. where the IOC is satisfied that the order is necessary for the protection of the public

  2. where it is otherwise in the public interest, or

  3. where it is in the interests of the registrant

The IOC has the power to make the following orders:

  1. suspension—suspending a respondent's registration for a period not exceeding 18 months

  2. conditions—subjecting a respondent's registration to compliance with such conditions specified by the IOC in the order for a period not exceeding 18 months

A case may be referred to the IOC at any stage. This can be done by the Registrar upon notification of an allegation, by the Case Examiners, by the Investigating Committee or sometimes by another Practice Committee. The latter can be of the committee's own motion or upon the application of a party. In practice, if the matter is urgent, the Practice Committees will decide whether an interim order is required themselves rather than referring the matter back to the IOC. If new evidence comes to light during