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The General Pharmaceutical Council (Appeals Committee Rules) Order of Council 2010

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Witness evidence

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14.—(1) Witnesses must be required to take an oath, or to affirm, before giving their oral evidence.

(2) The Committee may not compel the appellant to be a witness.

(3) A party may not call a person to be a witness unless—

(a)that party has provided to the other party a written statement of evidence to be provided by the witness at least 7 days before the day of the hearing (which meets the requirements of rule 8); or

(b)the chair determines otherwise.

(4) The Committee may, upon the application of the party calling a witness, direct that any details which may identify that witness should not be revealed in public.

(5) Where a witness’s first language is not English, the Committee may direct that their evidence be given through an interpreter.

(6) Witnesses other than an unrepresented party—

(a)must first be examined by the party calling them;

(b)may be cross examined;

(c)may then be re-examined by the party calling them; and

(d)may then be questioned by the Committee through the chair and, with the leave of the chair in accordance with rule 27 of the Statutory Committees and their Advisers Rules, by a legal, clinical or specialist adviser.

(7) If witnesses are questioned under paragraph (6)(d) the parties may then question the witnesses on matters arising out of the questions of the Committee or the legal, clinical or specialist adviser (as the case may be) with the party calling the witness being given the last opportunity to do so (as between the parties).

(8) Where the witness is an unrepresented party, the witness—

(a)must first be questioned by the Committee through the chair;

(b)may then be cross examined; and

(c)may then be questioned again by the Committee through the chair and, with the leave of the chair in accordance with rule 27 of the Statutory Committees and their Advisers Rules, by a legal, clinical or specialist adviser.

(9) Any further questioning of witnesses is to be at the discretion of the chair.

(10) Except for expert witnesses and the appellant, witnesses must not be allowed to attend the proceedings until after they have completed giving their evidence and been formally released by the chair.

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