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PART 6Proceedings

Procedure of fitness to practise committees and the Registration Appeals Committee

60.—(1) For the purposes of proceedings under this Order in England and Wales—

(a)a fitness to practise committee or the Registration Appeals Committee may administer oaths; and

(b)a fitness to practise committee, the Registration Appeals Committee or any party to proceedings before them may issue a writ of subpoena ad testificandum or subpoena duces tecum.

(2) No person shall be compelled under any such writ to produce any document which he could not be compelled to produce on the trial of an action.

(3) Section 36 of the Supreme Court Act 1981(1) (subpoena issued by High Court to run throughout the United Kingdom) shall apply in relation to any such proceedings in England and Wales as it applies in relation to causes and matters in the High Court.

(4) For the purposes of any such proceedings in Scotland, the committee may administer oaths and the Court of Session shall on the application of any party to the proceedings have the like power as in any action in that court—

(a)to grant warrant for the citation of witnesses and havers to give evidence or to produce documents before the committee, and for the issue of letters of second diligence against any witnesses or havers failing to appear after due citation;

(b)to grant warrant for the recovery of documents; and

(c)to grant commissions to persons to take the evidence of witnesses or to examine havers and receive their exhibits and productions.

(5) Where—

(a)several sittings of a fitness to practise committee are required to enable the committee to dispose of a case; or

(b)on an appeal to the relevant court under article 56, the case is remitted to a fitness to practise committee to dispose of the case in accordance with directions given by the court,

the validity of the proceedings on the case before the committee shall not be called into question by reason only that members of the committee who were present at a former meeting were not present at a later meeting of the committee or that members present at a later meeting were not present at a former meeting of the committee.

(1)

1981 c.54; section 36 has been amended by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c.41), Schedule 17, paragraph 13.