Hearings under the Interim Suspension Rules

The procedures for interim suspension of a barrister are laid down in the Interim Suspension Regulations at Part 5, Section D of the Bar Standards Board Handbook

These hearings are rare as barristers facing criminal or disciplinary proceedings are usually prepared to offer a voluntary undertaking not to practise.  Hearings are usually held in private, unless the defendant barrister requests that it be held in public.

An Interim Suspension Panel is nominated by the President and consists of a Queen’s Counsel as Chair, and two others of whom at least one must be a lay member.