Postponing or adjourning hearings

Reference: HEA-15

Last Updated 28/07/2017

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Hearings may sometimes need to be postponed or adjourned from the dates originally planned. If this happens we will rearrange the hearing as soon as reasonably possible.

A postponement is when a hearing has not yet started and a Chair or a panel of the Investigating or Fitness to Practise Committee decides that it should not go ahead on the original date scheduled. When the hearing is rearranged it will be before a different panel of the same committee.

An adjournment is when a panel decides not to continue with the hearing at any point after the charges have been read and the panel is seized of the case. When the hearing resumes it will be before the same panel.