Following our investigation of a complaint, we may decide to
formally refer it to a disciplinary tribunal for consideration.
Disciplinary tribunals are arranged by an independent
organisation called the
Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service
(BTAS). It appoints the members of
disciplinary tribunals and arranges the hearings.
Tribunal panels are made up of barristers, people who are not
from the legal profession (lay people), and sometimes judges. All
panels will include at least one lay person.
There are two types of Disciplinary Tribunal: three-person
panels and five-person panels. We will decide which type of panel
is most suitable to hear a case, depending on the seriousness of
the potential breach of the BSB Handbook. Both types of panel
follow the same process, but the sentencing powers are slightly
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