Misconduct Hearings

Due to amendments made to the Police Conduct Regulations 2012, members of the public now have access to Misconduct Hearings.

Misconduct Hearings and Special Case Hearings will be held in public subject to a decision made by the person chairing the Hearing to exclude any person from all or part of the Hearing.

Any member of the public or press wishing to attend a Misconduct Hearing may apply to do so, provided they are 18 and over, but due to limitations on space and capacity, attendance at the hearing will be administered and booked by application through our booking form.

The public and press can apply for a seat by completing the attached booking form - this will become accessible once a hearing has been published.

Allocation of seats are on a strictly first come first served basis.

Every attendee must agree to comply to the 'conditions of entry' please see form attached in relevant section below.

Please note that the Chair may also decide to impose other conditions in advance of, or during the Hearing. Any additional conditions established prior to the Hearing will be noted within the listed Hearing. (Section titled - Additional conditions of entry).

Equalities Act 2010

  • Visitors with hearing impairments must arrange their own interpreters, if required.
  • Wheelchair users will be facilitated subject to a place being available.
  • Accessible toilets are available.

Attendance

Successful attendees will be sent a confirmation email. They will be required to produce their personal registration letter (confirmation email) that was issued by the Hearings Unit and supporting photographic identification (passport, & or driver’s licence).

Please note that due to the limited amount of space and access to the public viewing rooms, for safety reasons, only one wheelchair user per day can be admitted. A wheelchair user will be asked to mark the relevant box within the bookings form. If a wheelchair user requires another person to accompany them, their name must be provided on the booking form.

Any expenses for attendance must be met by the applicant, and please note some cases may be cancelled at short notice without being able to notify the applicant.

Purpose of Public Misconduct Hearing

Misconduct Hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow officers 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 the Police disciplinary system is open and transparent and that we do hold officers that breach the Standards of Professional Behaviour, or those that are found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions.

Purpose of Public Special Case Hearing

Special Case Misconduct Hearings are also designed to demonstrate that officers will be held to account for their actions. However , they are "Fast Track" procedures where there is incontrovertible evidence to establish, on the balance of probabilities, the conduct of the officer constitutes gross misconduct and that the officer concerned should cease to be a police officer without delay. For this reason there will be no witness testimony other than from the officer concerned (if he/she chooses).

Conditions of Entry

In order to attend a Public Misconduct / Special Case Hearing every attendee must agree to comply with the terms outlined in the 'Conditions of Entry Form' attached here

Please read this form carefully prior to attempting to book a place at a specific hearing. Agreeing to the conditions outlined is a key requirement of the booking procedure.

In order to apply for a place please click on 'Forthcoming Hearings' at the bottom of this page: and follow the 'click here' link

Some of the key conditions that you will need to agree to prior to being allocated a place are listed below for your information:

  • Full details must be submitted on the application to attend form
  • Only pre-registered attendees will be able to gain access to the hearing
  • You will need to bring your printed booking confirmation email or letter with you
  • You will need to bring photographic identification with you (such as your passport or driving licence)
  • Members of the press are requested to bring their official press ID
  • All mobile phones, pagers, recording machines or other electronic items must be switched off in the public hearing room
  • The use of recording or photographic equipment is strictly forbidden and it is requested that such equipment is not brought to the Lifewise Centre site
  • You will be provided with a visitor badge which must be worn until you leave the hearing and pass back through security.  
  • Members of the public and the press together with any bags (please do not bring any large bags on to the premises) will be subject to a security search as a condition of entry or re-entry
  • Sharp objects or blades will not be permitted.  Police will retain the authority to seize any article found during a search, which may cause harm to a person
  • No-one attending the public hearing shall either intervene in or interrupt the running of the hearing.  If anyone behaves in a disorderly or abusive manner or otherwise acts inappropriately, a member of South Yorkshire Police staff may exclude them from the remainder of the hearing
  • Should anyone breach any of the conditions of entry, they will be asked to leave and will be escorted from the premises

Forthcoming hearings