What are the opening times of the Tribunal?
The Tribunal's offices are open from 9 am to 5 pm. Hearings usually start at 10.00am, but please check forthcoming hearings for specific details.
Can I find out whether a solicitor has ever appeared as a respondent before the SDT?
Yes. If the name of the solicitor you are interested in does not appear in the Judgment search, please contact us and a member of staff will provide an answer.
Can the Tribunal award compensation?
The Tribunal does not have power to award compensation. The Legal Ombudsman does have power to do so. Please click here for a link to the Ombudsman's website.
Can I have a copy of a Judgment (the document containing the Tribunal's detailed reasons, findings and orders)?
Yes, in most cases. Judgments from 2002 onwards are available to download from our website. Older Judgments are not currently available to download, but can be obtained via post or email from the Tribunal’s office. Please contact us and a member of staff will be happy to assist you. In certain cases, particularly if the Tribunal has ordered that the hearing should take place in private, the Judgment may not be available to anyone other than the parties to the case without specific permission of the Tribunal.
How soon after a final hearing will the Judgment be made available?
The SDT aims to produce Judgments within seven weeks of the last day of the hearing in 80% of cases. Judgments may take longer to produce in lengthy and/or complex cases.
How do I obtain a written transcript of a hearing?
The Tribunal does not produce written transcripts of its hearings. It does make audio copies of hearings (in CD format) available on request. A CD is not available when the hearing took place in private or when the Tribunal has ordered that the recording should not be released. Parties to a case are always entitled to a CD.
Applications for recordings should be sent in writing by post to the following address:
Office Services Assistant
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
1 Farringdon Street
The fee for the provision of the recording is £10.00. Please send a cheque made payable to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal with your letter. The recording will not be provided until payment has been received. Please note: recordings are formatted in such a way that they are not accessible via standard audio equipment. Most firms of transcribers will be able to produce a transcript from the CD. If you wish to listen to the recording, you must first download free software called – “The Record Player” from www.fortherecord.com.
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