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Covid-19 notice – Updated 30 March 2021
In line with ongoing restrictions introduced by the Government to suppress the transmission of Covid-19 in the country, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal will be operating the following limited services until further notice:
Phone lines closed: Our phone lines are closed until further notice.
Emails: A number of staff will remotely monitor the receipt of e-mails. However, their capacity to reply to queries and requests will be limited. If you have a general query, please contact the office at email@example.com.
Post: We request that you do not send anything to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal via the postal service, as we are unable to process post.
Inquiries : The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is now resuming hearings on a remote basis from March 2021. Please direct any queries that you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org and please note that our phone lines remain closed at this time as we continue to work remotely.
Should a member of the public wish to attend any inquiries, please notify the Tribunal Registrar by email (email@example.com). Notification of a request to attend at an inquiry should be made to the Tribunal no later than three days before the date of the inquiry to ensure that the required Zoom invite and policy documentation can be issued.
These necessary changes are implemented as we prioritise the safety of our staff at this time. Once the restrictions have been lifted, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal team will deal with any backlog of queries. Your patience in these matters is greatly appreciated.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is an independent statutory tribunal appointed by the President of the High Court to consider complaints of misconduct against solicitors. The Tribunal consists of 20 solicitor members and 10 lay members. It sits in divisions of three comprising two solicitor members and one lay member.
Where the Tribunal decides that a complaint discloses a ‘prima facie’ (i.e. apparent) case of misconduct by a solicitor, there will be an inquiry, with oral evidence, conducted by the Tribunal in public. The procedures of the Tribunal are regulated by the Solicitors Acts, 1954 to 2011 and also by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal Rules 2017.
The procedures of the Tribunal are also governed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Rules 2003, which came into operation on 1 March 2003 and, in respect of applications made from 1 January 2017, the Solicitors Disciplinary Rules 2017.
An application to the Tribunal concerning a solicitor may ultimately result in a solicitor being sanctioned by the Tribunal or by the President of the High Court, up to and including the sanction of being suspended from practice for a period or having his/her name struck off the Roll of Solicitors.
Please note that from October 2019, new applications will be dealt with by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA).