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Police Powers for Designated Staff (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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Attendance of complainant at hearing

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54.—(1) This regulation shall apply where there has been a complaint against the designated person concerned.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in regulation 55, but subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), the complainant—

(a)shall be allowed to attend the hearing while witnesses are being examined or cross-examined, and

(b)may at the discretion of the presiding officer be accompanied by a friend or relative.

(3) Where the complainant or any person allowed to accompany him is to be called as a witness at the hearing, he and any person allowed to accompany him shall not be allowed to attend before he gives his evidence.

(4) If the complainant or any person allowed to accompany him behaves in a disorderly or abusive manner, or otherwise misconducts himself, the presiding officer may exclude him from the remainder of the hearing.

(5) Except where giving evidence as a witness, or putting questions under paragraph (6), the complainant and any person allowed to accompany him shall neither intervene in, nor interrupt, the hearing.

(6) Where the designated person concerned gives evidence then, after the presenting officer has had an opportunity of cross-examining him, the presiding officer—

(a)shall put to him any questions which the complainant requests should be so put and might have been properly so put by the presenting officer, or

(b)at his discretion, may allow the complainant to put such questions to the designated person concerned.

(7) In this regulation a reference to the complainant is a reference to the originator of the complaint notwithstanding that it was transmitted to the Ombudsman by some other person or some other body.

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