CIPFA is seeking to appoint independent members to its Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel (from which members of Disciplinary and Appeal Committees are drawn) under CIPFA’s Disciplinary Scheme.
CIPFA’s Disciplinary Scheme provides a process for consideration of alleged unethical or unprofessional conduct by CIPFA members and students.
The Investigations Committee and Regulatory Panel each consist of CIPFA members and independent members (ie non-accountants).
The Investigations Committee assesses whether matters coming to the attention of the Institute should be formally investigated and, following any investigation, whether the member/student has a case to answer.
The Disciplinary Committee adjudicates on disciplinary cases referred by the Investigations Committee for hearing. The committee may impose reprimands, severe reprimands, make orders for suspension or expulsion from the Institute, require members to reimburse client fees and impose fines of up to £10,000.
The Appeal Committee considers appeals from the Disciplinary Committee and may confirm, vary or rescind any order of the Disciplinary Committee.
Both disciplinary and appeal committees conduct business at hearings which are open to the public. The process is adversarial and an independent legal assessor attends all hearings to advise on law and procedure.
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