Concerns remain over independence of PCC
The registrar is correct: I mistook the clerk for him. My mistake, and my apology (Letters, AJ 20.2.03).
But in respect of the business of the Professional Conduct Committee, my concerns remain. The PCC is composed of a tribunal of three, two of them being members of the Board. The European Court of Human Rights has determined that the manner of appointment of the members of a tribunal, their terms of office, the existence of guarantees against outside pressure and whether it gives the appearance of independence, are all criteria to take into account when determining whether a tribunal is capable of acting independently.
In this regard, my understanding is that those who make rules should not also be the judge of them, as is presently the case within the disciplinary structures of the ARB.
Ian Salisbury, Oxford