GOC—interim orders
GOC—interim orders

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • GOC—interim orders
  • Interim orders
  • Notification of an interim order hearing
  • Timing of the hearing
  • Criteria for making the order
  • Orders that can be imposed
  • Terminating or revoking an interim order
  • Interim order hearings
  • Location of hearings
  • Claimant's right to attend and to representation
  • More...

Interim orders

The GOC’s Fitness to Practise Committee (FTPC) may impose an interim order in respect of a registrant if it is necessary to do so to protect the public, is otherwise in the public interest or is in the registrant’s own interests. Most commonly, interim orders will either be for suspension of registration or conditional registration and can be imposed for a period of up to 18 months. An interim order takes effect immediately and remains in force until it is revoked by the FTPC; is the subject of a successful appeal or the FTPC determines the allegation of impaired fitness to practise in accordance with s.13F. Interim orders usually must be reviewed every six months.

Notification of an interim order hearing

Rule 17 states that where an allegation has been referred to the FTPC to consider whether to impose an interim order, the Registrar must serve a notice on the registrant which must:

  1. state the date, time and venue of the hearing

  2. include a statement of facts in support of the application

  3. enclose any documentary evidence relied upon

  4. inform the registrant of various matters including his right to attend, be represented, and of the FTPC’s power to proceed in his absence, and

  5. require the registrant to inform the registrar by a specified date whether he intends to attend, be represented and oppose the imposition of

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