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Providing a witness statement
We will ask you to provide a witness statement, and usually go to a hearing, if we have received a complaint (an allegation) about a professional who is registered with us (a registrant) and you saw or know about the allegation. Or, you may have other evidence relating to the allegation that is important. A panel of our Investigating Committee will have already looked at the case and will have decided that a hearing should take place.
We will contact you to arrange to take a statement at a time and place that is convenient for you. The person taking your statement will explain the fitness to practise procedures and let you know what to expect if you have to give evidence at a hearing. They will then take a statement from you which will include what you saw or how you are involved in the case. Your statement will be typed up and sent to you for you to sign and confirm.
We will contact you to let you know if we need you to go to the hearing. Cases can sometimes last for several days. You will not always need to be there for the all of the hearing, and you may need to go on different days from the other witnesses involved in the same case. It is possible that you may have to go on a number of days, as it is sometimes difficult to predict on exactly what day you may need to give evidence.
It can take a number of months to organise a hearing date. We try to make sure that hearings are held as quickly as possible. However, this does not always happen and we appreciate your patience.