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The Police (Conduct) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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7.—(1) The member concerned has the right to be legally represented, by counsel or a solicitor of his choice, at a misconduct hearing or a special case hearing.

(2) If the member concerned chooses not to be legally represented at such a hearing he may be dismissed or receive any other outcome under regulation 36 or 54 without his being so represented.

(3) Except in a case where the member concerned has the right to be legally represented and chooses to be so represented, he may be represented at misconduct proceedings or a special case hearing or an appeal meeting only by a police friend.

(4) The appropriate authority may be represented at misconduct proceedings or a special case hearing or an appeal meeting by—

(a)a police officer; or

(b)counsel or a solicitor where the member concerned chooses to be legally represented at a misconduct hearing or a special case hearing.

(5) Subject to paragraph (6), the appropriate authority may appoint a person to advise the person or persons conducting the misconduct proceedings or special case hearing or appeal meeting.

(6) At a misconduct meeting or an appeal meeting, the person appointed under paragraph (5) shall not be counsel or a solicitor.

(7) If a member chooses to be legally represented, the case against him may be presented by counsel or a solicitor whether or not he is actually so represented.

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