14. The Complainant and the Respondent may at any stage of the hearing at their own expense (whether by themselves their lawyer or other chosen representative) make submissions, give oral evidence to the Panel, call witnesses and cross-examine the other party or their witnesses save that the Respondent shall have the right to remain silent if they so wish or are so advised. At the conclusion of the evidence the Complainant and the Respondent may make representations to the Panel.
15. Documents which are to be relied on or presented as evidence by the Complainant or Respondent should be sent to the Panel and the other party at least 14 days before the hearing. Such documents shall be formally produced by the party relying on them at the appropriate point in the hearing. The producer of such documents may be examined and cross-examined on the content and implications of such documents.
16. The burden of proof on the Complainant at the adjudication shall be that which is applicable in criminal proceedings in England and Wales namely that the complaint is established beyond all reasonable doubt.
17. The conduct of the hearing, the length of the evidence and the admissibility of evidence shall in all respects be determined by the Panel.
18. No Panel member shall sit on the Panel to deal with any complaint where there is likely to be some conflict of interest.
19. A quorum of the Panel to deal with any complaint shall consist of not less than three Panel members. In cases where there would otherwise be no quorum the Chair shall be empowered to co-opt any disinterested person who has formerly been a Panel member or has formerly been but is not currently a member of the BoG to sit on the Panel.
20. In the event that a similar complaint between the same parties relating to the same facts shall have previously been determined against a member elsewhere in any other organisation, the Complainant and Respondent shall be under a duty to inform the Panel of such outcome at the outset and the Panel shall then be entitled, in its absolute discretion, to:
(1) Refuse to continue to hear the complaint; or
(2) Continue to hear the complaint but to accept the facts complained of as already established and deal only with the question of whether or not the Respondent should be expelled as a member; or
(3) Allow the complaint to proceed to a full hearing as if the earlier complaint had not been made.