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Police Appeals Tribunal

Police Misconduct Appeals

Disciplinary matters involving police officers and special constables are currently governed by Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, which was amended in 2015. From 1 May 2015, any new cases of police officer misconduct may result in hearings that can be attended by the public, including the media.

Details of upcoming hearings will be published with at least five days’ notice on the Essex Police website. The amended regulations state that police gross (serious) misconduct hearings must now be held in public and, from January 2016, they must be presided over by a legally qualified chair.

The legally qualified chair will make a decision on whether the hearing will be held in public, in private or part public/private and wherever possible should state why.

The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex is responsible for the appointment and training of the legally qualified chair.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex and other Eastern Region Police and Crime Commissioners (ERPCCs) act collaboratively to maintain a list of independent members to sit on Police Misconduct Panels. For more information please see the ERPCCs Independent Members of Police Misconduct Panels Memorandum of Understanding.

Police Appeal Tribunals

Police Appeals Tribunals (PATs) hear appeals against the findings of gross (serious) misconduct brought by police officers or special constables. PATs are currently governed by Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 2012, which were amended in 2015. The amendments set out what may be published in respect of appeal hearings and allows for the appeal hearings to be held in public.

Members of the public can now attend appeal hearings as observers but are not allowed to participate in proceedings. The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex is responsible for appointing the chair to conduct the proceedings.

Booking to attend

Places are limited and will need to be booked in advance, preferably at least 48 hours before the hearing. Details of how to do this will be published with each hearing date. To comply with the rules of attendance, observers are required to provide the following when booking:

  • name
  • email address
  • contact telephone number

To book a place at a forthcoming hearing please email: essex.pat@essex.pnn.police.uk

Full details of the conditions of entry to Police Appeal Tribunals can be read here: Conditions of Entry – PAT

 

 

Upcoming appeals

 

Past Appeal Tribunals

Police Appeal Tribunal (Police Misconduct Appeal)  heard on July 20th 2017 at Southend Magistrates Court – Ex PCs Joanne Jeggo and John Simpson – Bboth officers remitted

Police Appeal Trbunal 20.07.17

 

Police Appeal Tribunal –  Ex PC Simon Lofting – heard on Friday 12th May 2017 – Appeal dismissed

Police Misconduct appeal – Ex PC Mark Smith – heard on July 4, 2016

POLICE APPEAL TRIBUNAL MARK SMITH 040716

 

 

 

 

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01245 291600

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