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Dentists Act 1984

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Legal assessors

5(1)For the purpose of advising the Professional Conduct Committee and the Health Committee respectively on questions of law arising in proceedings before them, there shall in all such proceedings be an assessor to the Committee, appointed by the Council, who shall be a barrister, advocate or solicitor of not less than ten years' standing.

(2)The Lord Chancellor may by statutory instrument make rules as to the functions of assessors appointed under this paragraph to advise the Professional Conduct Committee and as to the functions of those so appointed to advise the Health Committee; and in particular rules under this sub-paragraph may contain such provisions as appear to the Lord Chancellor expedient for securing—

(a)that where an assessor advises the Professional Conduct Committee or (as the case may be) the Health Committee on any question of law as to evidence, procedure or any other matter specified in the rules, he shall do so in the presence of every party to the proceedings, or every person representing such a party, who appears at the proceedings or, if the advice is tendered after the Committee have begun to deliberate as to their findings, that every such party or person shall be informed what advice the assessor has tendered;

(b)that every such party or person as is mentioned in paragraph

(a)above shall be informed if in any case the Committee do not accept the advice of the assessor on any such question as is there mentioned,

and such incidental and supplementary provisions as appear to the Lord Chancellor expedient

(3)Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, an assessor under this paragraph may be appointed to advise the Professional Conduct Committee or the Health Committee either generally or for any particular proceedings or class of proceedings, and shall hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of the instrument under which he is appointed.

(4)The Council may pay to persons appointed to act as assessors such remuneration as the Council may determine.

(5)The preceding provisions of this paragraph shall apply in relation to proceedings before the Preliminary Proceedings Committee under section 32 of this Act as they apply in relation to proceedings before the Professional Conduct Committee, but with the omission of the words " or class of proceedings" in sub-paragraph (3).

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