FAQs About Professional Discipline
Frequently asked questions, to help you understand your options when
you are seeking legal advice for Professional Discipline
1. A complaint was made against me and I am getting investigated, do I need a lawyer?
In most cases, an investigation committee is appointed by the board of your college and is to act independently. The purpose of an investigation is to gather all relevant information about the complaint in an efficient manner. The information gathered by the Investigation Committee is then given to the governing board. From the findings, the governing board then decides on whether a hearing is needed. It is important at an early stage to seek legal counsel to ensure that your rights are being protected as an adverse finding can affect your livelihood.
What is a discipline hearing?
The decision from a discipline hearing can seriously impact your future. A discipline hearing is similar to a trial, but less formal. A hearing is conducted after a citation has been given to a professional. The hearing takes place before a panel, usually comprised of professionals in your college and members of the public. A discipline hearing considers evidence presented to it and provides a written decision. The outcome can range from reprimanding a professional to taking away a license of a professional.
Can I have a lawyer come to represent me at the hearing?
Yes, you can appoint a lawyer to speak on your behalf. Each professional board has their own guidelines on when and how a lawyer can be used.