The purpose of public hearings

Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow the person to give an explanation of their conduct and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence.

The purpose of a public hearing is to show that our disciplinary system is open and transparent. It will demonstrate that we do hold officers who breach the standards of professional behaviour, or those where misconduct is found proven, accountable for their actions.

Who can attend?

Anyone can attend a misconduct hearing. We allocate places on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Please note that the Chair may also decide to impose other conditions before or during the hearing.

Apply to attend a hearing

Please view the upcoming hearings to find out the date, time and venue of each hearing.

Please be aware that you might be subject to a search before entering the hearing room.

We can’t reimburse any expenses you incur by attending.

Please note

Sometimes a misconduct hearing is cancelled at short notice. We’re sorry if this happens to a hearing you were hoping to attend.

Changes to expect

Sometimes a misconduct hearing is not held in public or only a part is heard in public. To decide this, the Chair takes into account:

  • national security
  • whether it interferes with the prevention or detection of crime
  • the welfare of parties involved

If the Chair decides that the evidence to be given by a witness or anyone else should not be disclosed in public, they’ll ask that the public be removed from the hearing.

Conditions of entry

The person chairing a hearing can decide to impose certain conditions around the hearing. Those could include:

  • asking people attending the hearing to register and bring valid identification with them
  • restricting what can be brought into the hearing room, or into the building where the hearing is taking place
  • limiting the number of people who can attend the hearing
  • restrictions on reporting
  • not allowing photos, video or sound recording
  • not letting people in once the hearing has started

Find more information in the Home Office guidance on misconduct hearings.

Accessibility 

The building and meeting room are accessible to wheelchair users.

Police appeals tribunals

Police appeals tribunals hear appeals against the findings of gross misconduct brought by police officers or special constables.

Members of the public can attend appeal hearings as observers but aren’t allowed to participate in proceedings.