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77 Adjudications.E+W

(1)A person who is the subject of an adjudication conducted by a case tribunal or interim case tribunal may appear before the tribunal in person or be represented by—

(a)counsel or a solicitor, or

(b)any other person whom he desires to represent him.

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F1(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)The National Assembly for Wales may by regulations make such provision as appears to it to be necessary or expedient with respect to adjudications by case tribunals or interim case tribunals drawn from the Adjudication Panel for Wales.

(5)The president of the Adjudication Panel for Wales may, after consultation with the National Assembly for Wales, give directions as to the practice and procedure to be followed by tribunals drawn from the Panel.

(6)Regulations under this section may, in particular, include provision—

(a)for requiring persons to attend adjudications to give evidence and produce documents and for authorising the administration of oaths to witnesses,

(b)for requiring persons to furnish further particulars,

(c)for prescribing the procedure to be followed in adjudications, including provision as to the persons entitled to appear and to be heard on behalf of persons giving evidence,

(d)for the award of costs or expenses (including provision with respect to interest and provision with respect to the enforcement of any such award),

(e)for taxing or otherwise settling any such costs or expenses (and for enabling such costs to be taxed in a county court),

(f)for the registration and proof of decisions and awards of tribunals.

(7)A person who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with any requirement imposed by virtue of subsection (6)(a) or (b) [F2, or with any corresponding requirement imposed by Tribunal Procedure Rules in relation to proceedings under this Act before the First-tier Tribunal,] is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(8)In this section any reference to documents includes a reference to information held by means of a computer or in any other electronic form.

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Commencement Information

I1S. 77 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 77 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 77(4)(6) in force at 1.11.2000 in relation to Wales by S.I. 2000/2948, art. 2; s. 77 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 77 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

78 Decisions of [F3the First-tier Tribunal or] interim case tribunals.E+W

(1)[F4In adjudicating on any of the matters which are the subject of an interim report, the First-tier Tribunal or an interim case tribunal] must reach one of the following decisions—

(a)that the person to whom the recommendation mentioned in section 65(3) or 72(3) relates should not be suspended or partially suspended from being a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned,

(b)that that person should be suspended or partially suspended from being a member or co-opted member of the [F5relevant authority concerned ] for a period which does not exceed six months or (if shorter) the remainder of the person’s term of office.

[F6(2)If the decision of [F7the tribunal concerned] is as mentioned in subsection (1)(a), the tribunal must give notice of its decision to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned.

(3)If the decision of [F8the tribunal concerned] is as mentioned in subsection (1)(b), the tribunal must give notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned stating that the person concerned is suspended or partially suspended for the period, and in the way, that the tribunal has decided.

(3A)The effect of a notice given under subsection (3) is to suspend or partially suspend the person concerned as mentioned in subsection (3).]

F9(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)A decision of an interim case tribunal under this section shall not prevent [F10 the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales] from continuing with the investigation under section 69 which gave rise to the interim report concerned and producing a report under section 71, or a further interim report under section 72, in respect of any matters which are the subject of the investigation.

(6)The suspension or partial suspension of any person under this section shall not extend beyond the day on which a notice [F11is given by virtue of section 78A or 79] to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned with respect to that person.

(7)A copy of any notice under this section must be given—

(a)to any person who is the subject of the notice, and

(b)to the monitoring officer of the relevant authority concerned.

[F12(8)Where the person concerned is no longer a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned, but is a member or co-opted member of another relevant authority—

(a)the references in subsection (1) to the relevant authority concerned are to be treated as references to that other authority,

(b)the references in subsections (2) and (7)(b) to the relevant authority concerned are to be treated as including a reference to that other relevant authority,

(c)the duty under subsection (3) to give notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned is to be treated as a duty—

(i)to give that notice to the standards committee of that other relevant authority, and

(ii)to give a copy of that notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned.

(8A)Subsection (8) does not apply unless—

(a)where the relevant authority concerned is in England, the other relevant authority is also in England,

(b)where the relevant authority concerned is in Wales, the other relevant authority is also in Wales.]

(9)[F13The First-tier Tribunal or (as the case may be)] an interim case tribunal must take reasonable steps to inform any person who made any allegation which gave rise to the investigation under section 59 or 69 of its decision under this section.

[F14(9A)Where a person is suspended or partially suspended under this section by a decision of the First-tier Tribunal, the person may appeal to the Upper Tribunal—

(a)against the suspension or partial suspension; or

(b)against the length of the suspension or partial suspension,

(unless the decision is set aside under section 9 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007).

(9B)An appeal may not be brought under subsection (9A) on a point of law (as to which see instead section 11 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007).

(9C)An appeal may be brought under subsection (9A) only if, on an application made by the person concerned, the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal has given its permission for the appeal to be brought.

(9D)In any case where the Upper Tribunal is determining an appeal under subsection (9A), section 12(2) to (4) of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (proceedings on appeal to the Upper Tribunal) apply.]

(10)[F15Where a person is suspended or partially suspended under this section by a decision of an interim case tribunal, the person] may appeal to the High Court—

(a)against the suspension or partial suspension, or

(b)against the length of the suspension or partial suspension.

[F16(11)An appeal may not be brought under subsection (10) except with the leave of the High Court.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F10Words in s. 78(5) substituted (1.4.2006) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10), s. 40, Sch. 4 para. 19; S.I. 2005/2800, art. 5(1)(3) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2006/362, art. 4)

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Commencement Information

I2S. 78 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 78 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 78 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 78 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

[F1778ADecisions of [F18First-tier Tribunal] E+W

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(2)[F20Where the First-tier Tribunal adjudicates on any matter under this Act, it] must decide whether or not any person to which that matter relates has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned.

(3)Where [F21the tribunal] decides that a person has not failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned, it must give notice to that effect to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned.

(4)Where [F22the tribunal] decides that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned, it may—

(a)take in respect of him any action authorised by regulations made by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this subsection, or

(b)decide to take no action against him.

(5)Regulations made under subsection (4) may in particular—

(a)enable the tribunal to censure the person,

(b)enable it to suspend, or partially suspend, the person from being a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned for a limited period,

(c)enable it to disqualify the person, for a period not exceeding five years, for being or becoming (whether by election or otherwise) a member of that or any other relevant authority.

(6)The reference in subsection (5)(b) to the relevant authority concerned is to be read, in relation to a person who is no longer a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned but is a member or co-opted member of another relevant authority in England, as a reference to that other relevant authority.

(7)Regulations made by the Secretary of State may require [F23the First-tier Tribunal] to give a notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned where it decides that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of that authority and—

(a)decides to suspend or partially suspend the person,

(b)decides to disqualify the person,

(c)decides to take action against the person other than suspension, partial suspension or disqualification, or

(d)decides to take no action against him.

(8)Regulations under subsection (7) may—

(a)prescribe the content of any notice,

(b)provide for the effect that any notice is to have,

(c)provide for provisions of the regulations to have effect with prescribed modifications where the person concerned is no longer a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned, but is a member or co-opted member of another relevant authority in England.

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Amendments (Textual)

F17Ss. 78A, 78B inserted (31.1.2008 for specified purposes, 12.12.2008 in so far as not already in force) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 198, 245(5) (with s. 201); S.I. 2008/172, art. 8; S.I. 2008/3110, art. 2(e)

78B [F24Section 78A:] supplementaryE+W

[F25(1)A copy of any notice given under section 78A(3) or under regulations made under section 78A(7)—

(a)must be given to the Standards Board for England,

(b)must be given to any person who is the subject of the decision to which the notice relates, and

(c)must be published in one or more newspapers circulating in the area of the relevant authority concerned.

(2)Where the person concerned is no longer a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned but is a member or co-opted member of another relevant authority in England, the following references to the relevant authority concerned are to be treated as including references to that other relevant authority—

(a)the second reference in section 78A(3);

(b)the reference in subsection (1)(c) above.

(3)Where [F26the First-tier Tribunal adjudicates on any matter under this Act], it must take reasonable steps to give notice of its decision to any person who made any allegation which gave rise to the adjudication.

(4)Where [F27the First-tier Tribunal] decides under section 78A that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned, that person may appeal to [F28the Upper Tribunal] against that decision, or any other decision made by the tribunal by virtue of section 78A which relates to him [F29(unless the decision is set aside under section 9 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007)].

[F30(5)An appeal may not be brought under subsection (4) on a point of law (as to which see instead section 11 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007).

(6)An appeal may be brought under subsection (4) only if, on an application made by the person concerned, the First-tier Tribunal or Upper Tribunal has given its permission for the appeal to be brought.

(7)In any case where the Upper Tribunal is determining an appeal under subsection (4), section 12(2) to (4) of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (proceedings on appeal to the Upper Tribunal) apply.]]]

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Amendments (Textual)

F17Ss. 78A, 78B inserted (31.1.2008 for specified purposes, 12.12.2008 in so far as not already in force) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 198, 245(5) (with s. 201); S.I. 2008/172, art. 8; S.I. 2008/3110, art. 2(e)

F30S. 78B(5)-(7) substituted for s. 78B(5) (18.1.2010) by The Transfer of Tribunal Functions Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/22), art. 1(1), Sch. 2 para. 62(d) (with Sch. 5)

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79 [F31Decisions of case tribunals: Wales .]E+W

[F32(A1)In this section “Welsh case tribunal” means a case tribunal drawn from the Adjudication Panel for Wales.]

(1)A [F33Welsh case tribunal ] which adjudicates on any matter must decide whether or not any person to which that matter relates has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned.

(2)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal ] decides that a person has not failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned, it must give notice to that effect to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned.

(3)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal ] decides that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned, it must decide whether the nature of the failure is such that the person should be suspended or disqualified in accordance with subsection (4).

(4)A person may be—

(a)suspended or partially suspended from being a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned, or

(b)disqualified for being, or becoming (whether by election or otherwise), a member of that or any other relevant authority.

(5)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal] makes such a decision as is mentioned in subsection (4)(a), it must decide the period for which the person should be suspended or partially suspended (which must not exceed one year or, if shorter, the remainder of the person’s term of office).

(6)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal] makes such a decision as is mentioned in subsection (4)(b), it must decide the period for which the person should be disqualified (which must not exceed five years).

(7)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal] decides that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned but should not be suspended or disqualified as mentioned in subsection (4), it must give notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned—

(a)stating that the person has failed to comply with that code of conduct, and

(b)specifying the details of that failure.

(8)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal ] decides that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned and should be suspended or partially suspended as mentioned in subsection (4)(a), it must give notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned—

(a)stating that the person has failed to comply with that code of conduct,

(b)specifying the details of that failure, and

(c)stating that the person [F34is suspended or partially suspended ] for the period, and in the way, which the tribunal has decided.

[F35(9)The effect of a notice given to the standards committee of a relevant authority under subsection (8) is to suspend or partially suspend the person concerned as mentioned in subsection (8)(c).]

(10)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal ] decides that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned and should be disqualified as mentioned in subsection (4)(b), it must give notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned—

(a)stating that the person has failed to comply with that code of conduct,

(b)specifying the details of that failure, and

(c)stating that the person is disqualified for being, or becoming (whether by election or otherwise), a member of that or any other relevant authority for the period which the tribunal has decided.

(11)The effect of a notice given to the standards committee of a relevant authority under subsection (10) is to disqualify the person concerned as mentioned in subsection (10)(c).

(12)A copy of any notice under this section—

[F36(a)must be given to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales,]

(b)must be given to any person who is the subject of the decision to which the notice relates, and

(c)must be published in one or more newspapers circulating in the area of the relevant authority concerned.

(13)Where the person concerned is no longer a member or co-opted member of the relevant authority concerned but is a member or co-opted member of another relevant authority in [F37Wales ]

(a)a copy of any notice under subsection (2), (7) or (10) must also be given to the standards committee of that other relevant authority,

[F38(b)the reference in subsection (4)(a) to the relevant authority concerned is to be treated as a reference to that other relevant authority,]

(c)the duty to give notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned under subsection (8) is to be treated as a duty—

(i)to give that notice to the standards committee of that other relevant authority, and

(ii)to give a copy of that notice to the standards committee of the relevant authority concerned,

(d)the reference in subsection (12)(c) to the relevant authority concerned is to be treated as including a reference to that other relevant authority.

(14)A [F33Welsh case tribunal ] must take reasonable steps to inform any person who made any allegation which gave rise to the adjudication of the decision of the [F33Welsh case tribunal] under this section.

(15)Where a [F33Welsh case tribunal] decides under this section that a person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned, that person may appeal to the High Court against that decision, or any other decision under this section which relates to him.

[F39(16)An appeal may not be brought under subsection (15) except with the leave of the High Court.]

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Commencement Information

I3S. 79 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 79 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 79 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 79 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

80 Recommendations by [F40First-tier Tribunal or] case tribunals.E+W

(1)[F41Where the First-tier Tribunal or a case tribunal has adjudicated on any matter under this Act, it] may make recommendations to a relevant authority about any matters relating to—

(a)the exercise of the authority’s functions,

(b)the authority’s code of conduct, or

(c)the authority’s standards committee.

(2)[F42The tribunal concerned] must send a copy of any recommendations it makes under subsection (1) to the relevant person.

(3)A relevant authority to whom recommendations are made under subsection (1) must consider the recommendations and, within a period of three months beginning with the day on which the recommendations are received, prepare a report for the [F43relevant person] [F43Public Services Ombudsman for Wales] giving details of what action the authority have taken or are proposing to take as a result of the recommendations.

(4)A relevant authority’s function of considering a report under subsection (3) may be discharged only by the authority or by the standards committee of that authority (and accordingly, in the case of a relevant authority to which section 101 of the M1Local Government Act 1972 applies, is not to be a function to which that section applies).

(5)If the [F44relevant person] [F44Public Services Ombudsman for Wales] is not satisfied with the action the relevant authority have taken or propose to take in relation to the recommendations, the [F44relevant person] [F44Public Services Ombudsman for Wales] may require the authority to publish a statement giving details of the recommendations made by the tribunal and of the authority’s reasons for not fully implementing the recommendations.

(6)[F45In this section “the relevant person” means—

(a)the Standards Board for England where the relevant authority concerned is in England,

(b)[F46the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales] where the relevant authority concerned is in Wales.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F43Words in s. 80(3) substituted (31.1.2012 for specified purposes) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 4 para. 47(5); S.I. 2012/57, art. 5(1)(a)(c)(2)(n) (with arts. 6, 8)

F44Words in s. 80(5) substituted (31.1.2012 for specified purposes) by Localism Act 2011 (c. 20), s. 240(2), Sch. 4 para. 47(6); S.I. 2012/57, art. 5(1)(a)(c)(2)(n) (with arts. 6, 8)

F46Words in s. 80(6)(b) substituted (1.4.2006) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10), s. 40, Sch. 4 para. 21; S.I. 2005/2800, art. 5(1)(3) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2006/362, art. 4)

Commencement Information

I4S. 80 wholly in force at 28.7.2001; s. 80 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 108; s. 80 in force at 19.12.2000 in relation to England and to police authorities in Wales by S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2; s. 80 in force at 28.7.2001 in so far as not already in force see s. 108(4)-(6)

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