Remote or online fitness to practise hearings
You should submit your request to attend a hearing in advance.
Our experiences of remote or online hearings during the pandemic
There have been challenges involved in managing remote hearings, but these have been overcome as we have all grown more familiar with the process. Of course, what we are most interested in are the outcomes of our hearings. When comparing remotely held hearings with those held in person, we have found there is little difference in engagement, length of process, or outcome.
We have also identified advantages to holding remote hearings, such as reduced travel, which we do not want to discount immediately, and while coronavirus restrictions are now being lifted, we continue to live with considerable public health risks and uncertainty.
Many other regulators and courts are holding remote, online, or virtual hearings successfully. We are constantly learning from each other to ensure a good experience for all participants.
For those attending a remote or online hearing
Other things that will support your participation:
- Ensure you are in a room where you will not be disturbed.
- Have all of the relevant documents to hand during the hearing (try using a different device to the one you’re using for the online meeting, but we appreciate it is not an option for everyone).
- Check your internet speed in advance, we recommend a minimum constant download speed of 8Mbps (Megabytes per second). You can check your download speed on the Which? website.
- Let the chair of the committee know if you are unable to hear at any time during the hearing.
What to do if your circumstances change
If you are unwell, you should let us know as soon as you can. We will advise you of the next steps. If you feel unable to participate in the hearing on the day, either before or during the hearing, you must inform the committee.
Your privacy and remote hearings
Any party can make a request for the hearing to be held in private, either in part or in full. This normally happens when the hearing is about someone’s health.
The committee will consider these requests. Where the committee agrees, we will ensure that there is no access for members of the public to the remote hearing.
Recordings of remote hearings are prohibited.