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The Police (Conduct) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Timing and notice of misconduct proceedings

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26.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the misconduct proceedings shall take place—

(a)in the case of a misconduct meeting, before the end of 25 working days; or

(b)in the case of a misconduct hearing, before the end of 35 working days,

beginning with the first working day after the documents have been supplied to the member concerned under regulation 23(1).

(2) The person conducting or chairing the misconduct proceedings may extend the period specified in paragraph (1) where he considers that it would be in the interests of justice to do so.

(3) Where the person conducting or chairing the misconduct proceedings decides to extend the period under paragraph (2), or decides not to do so following representations from the member concerned or the appropriate authority, he shall provide written notification of his reasons for that decision to the appropriate authority and the member concerned.

(4) The person conducting or chairing the misconduct proceedings shall, if reasonably practicable, agree a date and time for the misconduct proceedings with the member concerned.

(5) Where no date and time is agreed under paragraph (4), the person conducting or chairing the misconduct proceedings shall specify a date and time for those proceedings.

(6) The member concerned shall be given written notice of the date, time and place of the misconduct proceedings.

(7) Where the Ombudsman is entitled to attend the misconduct hearing by virtue of regulation 31, he shall be given written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing.

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