Category Archives: Discipline

Specific discipline hearing issues: ungovernable registrants

In September, we began to look at recent discipline committee decisions, to highlight how some panels have grappled with common hearing issues. This month, we continue by looking at decisions (here) published in August 2015 by the College of Optometrists…

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Do “expert” panels need expert witnesses?

Since one or more members of any professional discipline hearing panel are typically members of that profession, one might ask why such an “expert” panel must hear at all from colleagues about professional standards they already know. Since Panelists are…

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When is someone an expert?

Lawyers who must prove professional standards through expert witnesses tend to gravitate towards the most senior, credentialed and respected members of the profession they can retain, preferably with much experience in giving expert testimony. But what if an experienced expert…

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