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The Police (Conduct) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Attendance of complainant and interested persons at special case hearing

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52.—(1) The appropriate authority shall notify the complainant or any interested person of the date, time and place of the special case hearing.

(2) Subject to any conditions imposed under paragraph (3), the complainant or any interested person may—

(a)attend the special case hearing as an observer up to but not including the point at which the person conducting or chairing the hearing considers the question of disciplinary action; and

(b)be accompanied by one other person, and if the complainant or interested person has a special need, by one further person to accommodate that need.

(3) The person conducting or chairing the special case hearing may impose such conditions as he sees fit relating to the attendance of persons under this regulation at the special case hearing, (including circumstances in which they may be excluded) in order to facilitate the proper conduct of the hearing.

(4) Where the member concerned objects to the complainant or interested person, or any person accompanying him, being present while a submission is made in mitigation on the member’s behalf, the person conducting or chairing the special case hearing may require the complainant or interested person, or any person accompanying him, to withdraw while the submission is made.

(5) For the purposes of this regulation, a person has a special need if, in the opinion of the person conducting or chairing the special case hearing, he has a disability or learning difficulty, or does not have sufficient knowledge of English, to participate in or understand the special case hearing.

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