Misconduct hearings - FAQs

How do I attend a misconduct hearing?

You can apply to attend a hearing by completing a booking form, which is specific for each case and will be available on our upcoming hearings page once the details of a hearing is published.

How will I know if I am successful?

You will be sent a confirmation email including a registration letter. You will be required to produce your personal registration letter on arrival at the hearing, along with photographic identification (for example, a passport or driver’s licence) and confirmation of your address (for example, a utility bill).

What is the purpose of a Public Hearing?

The purpose of a public hearing is to show that the police disciplinary system is open and transparent and that we hold officers who breach our standards of professional behaviour, or those that are found guilty of misconduct, accountable for their actions. Misconduct hearings are held to present the facts of the case and allow police officers to give an explanation of their conduct and circumstances surrounding the allegation. Witnesses may also be called to give evidence.

Can I block book a hearing?

You can’t block book to attend a hearing. Each booking will be for one individual only.

Can I use my mobile phone during the hearing?

As part of the Conditions of Entry, all mobile phones, recording machines or other electronic items must be switched to silent in the hearing rooms. 

The use of recording or photographic equipment is strictly forbidden in the hearing rooms. If you are found to be using such equipment you will be asked to leave.

Only accredited members of the press will be allowed to use text-based communications for the purposes of simultaneous reporting of proceedings if the person chairing or conducting the proceedings is satisfied that it doesn’t interfere with the orderly conduct of proceedings.

Can I park at venue on which the hearing is taking place?

No parking facilities are available at any of the venues. Hearings are likely to be held at:

British Transport Police Force Headquarters, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

From Camden Town Underground Station head straight down Camden Road past Sainsbury’s and cross the road at the traffic lights.

Metropolitan Police, Empress State Building, Lille Road, London SW6 1TR

From West Brompton Underground Station turn left and head down Lillie Road. Empress State Building is situated on your right approximately two minutes’ walk from the station.

The Holiday Inn, Camden Lock, 30 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY

From Camden Town Underground Station, turn right into Camden High Street and left into Jamestown Road.

As misconduct hearings are now in public, will I be able to see the hearing in its entirety?

Not necessarily. There may be occasions where a misconduct hearing will not be held in public or a hearing is part-heard. In order to decide this, the chair must take into account a number of considerations, including (but not limited to) national security, whether it interferes with the prevention or detection of crime, and the welfare of parties involved.

If the chair decides that the evidence to be given by a witness or any other person should not be disclosed in public, they may direct that the public is excluded.

Can I attend if I am a wheelchair user?

Due to the limited amount of accessible spaces available, and for safety reasons, only one wheelchair user per day can be admitted. If you are a wheelchair user, please mark the relevant box on the booking form. If you need another person to accompany you, their name must be provided on the booking form.

What is the minimum age to attend?

You must be 18 years old or over.

Are there conditions I need to adhere to?

You must have read and understood the Conditions of Entry form. 

Who should I contact if I need to cancel a reservation?

Please email us at PublicHearing@btp.pnn.police.uk and provide your booking reference number.