GOC—Fitness to Practise hearing
Produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row
GOC—Fitness to Practise hearing

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Jonas Milne & Sandesh Singh of 2 Bedford Row provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • GOC—Fitness to Practise hearing
  • The GOC Fitness to Practise Committee
  • Notice of hearing
  • Standard procedural directions
  • Procedural or case management hearings at the GOC
  • Service of evidence
  • Substantive hearing at the GOC
  • Presenting officer's case
  • Application for no case to answer
  • Registrant's case
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, the General Optical Council (Committee Constitution, Registration and Fitness to Practise) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2020, SI 2020/1325 amends the General Optical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2013, SI 2013/2537 to provide for the Hearings Manager to postpone and relist hearings, to enable notices to be sent by email, if an email address has been provided for communication, and to allow for hearings to be held by audio or video conference. These amendments expire at the end of 1 October 2021. For updates on COVID-19 key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

The GOC Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee will be comprised of medical and non-medical people appointed by the General Optical Council (GOC) to enquire into allegations of impaired fitness to practise. The panellists, who are not members of the GOC, usually consist of five members in addition to the chair, who may be medical or non-medical. However, there must be at least one medical and one non-medical panellist on each panel.

The Fitness to Practise Committee panel will sit with a legal adviser, who must be a trained solicitor or barrister. He will

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