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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.

The Police Appeals Tribunal panel concluded PC James McCall's appeal was not upheld. 

The panel found:

  1. Neither the decision as to finding nor the decision as to outcome were materially affected by any unfairness as a result of the decision not to adjourn.
  2. The panel found that the fresh evidence from Dr Campbell could have had no material affect on the decisions appealed against.
  3. The panel found that there had been no unfairness that materially affected the decision on outcome in respect of the assertion that the panel had failed to meet the obligations in respect of trying an unrepresented and absent accused.
  4. The panel found that the outcome imposed – dismissal without notice to be within the range of reasonable outcomes available to the panel and was not unreasonable.


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


There are no upcoming Police Appeals Tribunal Hearings.  

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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