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Appeals Panel Procedure to be operated by the National Oversight Committee

 

Please see below our panel procedure.

  1. Mutual exchange of papers prior to the case will take place by agreement on the same date. This should be no less than 14 days before the hearing unless agreed otherwise between the parties.
  2.     The Chair will introduce him/herself when the appellant and others enter the room for the hearing and introduce the individual Panel members. He/she will explain the process.
  3.     The Appellant or their representative is asked to present the case.
  4.     The Appellant or their representative may question their own witnesses.
  5.     The Panel may then question the Appellant, their representative and the Appellant's witnesses.
  6.     The Appellant or their representative may re-examine their witnesses on any points raised.
  7.     The Appellant or their representative then presents its case and may question its witnesses.
  8.     The Appellant or their representative may question the CED Accreditation Body representative and witnesses.
  9.     The Panel may then question the CED Accreditation Body representative and witnesses.
  10.     The CED Accreditation Body representative may re-examine its witnesses on any points raised by the Appellant representative and the Panel.
  11.     Nothing in the foregoing procedure shall prevent the Chair, Panel Members from inviting the representative of either party to elucidate or amplify any statement they may have made or from asking them questions as may be necessary.
  12.     The CED Accreditation Body representative makes a final statement without introducing new evidence.
  13.     The Appellant or their representative makes a final statement without introducing new evidence.
  14.     The Chair asks the appellant and others to withdraw whilst the Panel considers the case.
  15.     The Panel shall consider their decision in private requesting both sides to reconvene if queries arise. They will aim to reach agreement about the outcome.
  16.     When an agreement on the appeal has been reached, the CED Accreditation Body and the Appellant will re-join the Panel to be informed of the outcome of the hearing, which will then be communicated in writing to both parties by the Chair of the panel within 5 working days.

    The decision of the Panel is binding.