The hearing will not be delayed solely in order to facilitate a complainant, interested person, or any other member of the public attending the hearing, although consideration will need to be given to whether a complainant or interested person is also a witness in the matter under consideration.
Members of the public attending a hearing are expected to do so at their own expense, except where they are attending as a witness. The appropriate authority should meet the reasonable expenses of any witnesses.
It will normally be appropriate for the person chairing or conducting the hearing to prohibit the taking of photographs and the use of film or sound recording equipment during the hearing, except for official use. The use of live, text-based communications for the purposes of simultaneous reporting of proceedings may be permitted if the person chairing or conducting the proceedings is satisfied that it does not interfere with the orderly conduct of proceedings.
At the discretion of the person chairing or conducting the proceedings, a hearing can be live streamed to a facility accessible to the public as an alternative to in person attendance where it would otherwise not be possible to allow public access to the hearing room or to allow for more people to view the hearing than can be accommodated in exceptional circumstances.
In the case that more people wish to attend the hearing than can be accommodated, priority should be given to the complainant, any interested person, and, where appropriate, anyone acting as an observer on behalf of the Independent Police Complaints Commissioner (IPCC).
The person chairing or conducting a hearing may also decide to impose other conditions in advance of, or during a hearing. Conditions can include but are not limited to the following:
- Restrictions on what can be brought into the hearing room or on to the premises where the hearing is to be held, whether for the purposes of security or otherwise.
- Restrictions on the number of people that can be accommodated and the procedure where more people wish to attend a hearing than can be accommodated.
- Any restrictions on reporting that members of the public or the media must adhere to in order to be granted access to the hearing.
It is at the discretion of the Chair as to whether attendees can use social media during a hearing.