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Police Appeal Tribunals

The vast majority of police officers, special constables and police staff who work for Avon and Somerset Police demonstrate high standards of professional behaviour as expected by the police and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Where behaviour falls below the expected standard, it is important that Avon and Somerset Police is open and accountable.

With this in mind, if a police officer, special constable or police staff member appeals after their misconduct hearing, then the appeal outcome will be published on this page.

Police Appeals Tribunal hearings

To improve openness and accountability in the work of the police and to ensure public confidence, misconduct hearings involving police officers are held in public.

A notice will be published on this page at least five working days before the hearing.

When it is not appropriate or where certain parts of the hearing need to be in private, plenty of notice will be given and the reasons why will be explained.

Hearings can be held virtually or in person.

When held in person, hearings will normally take place at:

Police Fire Service Headquarters
Valley Road
BS20 8JJ

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

When the Police Appeals Tribunal hearing finishes, the LQC will decide whether to publish an outcome notice about the appeal.

Forthcoming Police Appeals Tribunal hearings

There are no upcoming Police Appeal Tribunal hearings.

Attend upcoming hearings

If you wish to attend a scheduled hearing, you must register your attendance by email: 

For security reasons, you will need to register one working day before the tribunal hearing as Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters is not generally open to the public.

If you do not register and agree to the standard conditions of entry below, you will not be allowed to attend the Police Appeal Tribunal hearing.

The standard conditions are:

  • You must bring valid photographic ID such as a passport or driving licence on the day of the hearing
  • You are aware that access to Police Headquarters is restricted
  • Transport to and from Headquarters will not be provided and travel to and from hearings will be at your own expense
  • Refreshments will not be provided and there will not be an opportunity to buy food or drink
  • 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 Headquarters is not allowed

The LQC might impose other conditions before or at the hearing at their discretion. The LQC might also order the removal of people who disrupt the hearing in any way.

A maximum of 15 seats will be available at the hearing, three 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.

Code of Ethics and Tribunal rules
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