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Police Appeals Tribunals

Police Appeals Tribunal Outcomes


View the outcomes and findings of Police Appeals Tribunals relating to Police Officers.

The vast majority of Police Officers, Specials and Police Staff who work for Avon and Somerset Constabulary demonstrate the high standards of professional behaviour expected by the Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Where behaviour falls below the expected standards it is important that the Constabulary is open and accountable.

With this in mind, if a Police Officer or Special appeals after their Misconduct Hearing then the appeal outcome will be published.


Police Appeals Tribunal Hearings


To improve openness and accountability in policing and ensure public confidence, misconduct hearings involving police officers are held in public.  A notice will be published at least five working days prior to the hearing.  

In circumstances where this is not appropriate, or where certain parts of the hearing need to be in private, adequate notice will be given and the reasons why will be explained.

Hearing process

Hearings will normally be held at Police & Fire Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, BS20 8JJ.

The hearing will be conducted by a panel, chaired by an Independent Legally Qualified Chair (LQC).  There are two other panel members.

Upon the conclusion of the Police Appeals Tribunal hearing, the Chair will decide whether to publish an outcome notice in relation to the appeal.  A copy of all recent outcome notices will be published in due course.

If you would like to view upcoming Police Appeal Tribunal Hearings, please see below: 

A Police Appeal Tribunal for former PC Simon Bidgood was held on Tuesday 19th May. The Panel concluded that gross misconduct was made out. However, the Panel's decision was a sanction of reinstatement with a final written warning. The full Panel determination will be published when provided. 


Forthcoming Police Appeals Tribunal Hearings



If you would like to attend a scheduled hearing then please email: pcc@avonandsomerset.police.uk. You need to pre-register at least one working day before the Tribunal hearing and agree to the Standard conditions outlined below. You also need to bring valid photographic identification to gain access to Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters.

Standard conditions of entry to Police Appeal Tribunal hearings

Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters is not generally open to the public, so for security reasons anyone wishing to attend the hearing will need to abide by a small number of conditions.

Unfortunately, if you don’t pre-register and agree to the conditions of entry below you won’t be allowed to attend the Police Appeal Tribunal hearing.

  • Remember to bring photo ID on the day of the hearing
  • Access to the site at Police HQ is restricted; we don’t provide transport to and from the site and travel to and from hearings will be at your own expense
  • We will not be providing refreshments and there won’t be any available to buy; no eating or drinking will be allowed during the proceedings
  • Mobile phones must be switched off or turned to ‘silent’ during proceedings
  • Recording, photography or filming at Police HQ is not allowed.

The Chair may impose other conditions before or at the hearing at his/her discretion. The Chair may also order the removal of people who disrupt the hearing in any way.

Public and Press Seating

A maximum of 15 seats are available, 3 of which will be reserved for the media. Priority will be given to interested parties with seats allocated on a first come first served basis thereafter.

Related documents

Police Officer Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Behaviour:


The Police Appeals Tribunal rules 2012: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/2630/made

The Police Appeals Tribunals (Amendment) Rules 2015: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/625/pdfs/uksi_20150625_en.pdf

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