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During the hearing

Once you've joined the hearing you will be able to see the tribunal. MPTS staff will have their cameras switched off but you'll be able to hear them when they speak.

Remember to turn your video on and unmute your microphone when you are speaking. Say your name, or anonymised naming convention, before you speak. With prior agreement, there may be situations where your video is switched off.

The chair or the hearing host will confirm who is present.

If you lose connection and drop out of the hearing, close the Teams window and re-join using the link from the hearing invite.

Breaks

If you or your witness need a break, please raise this. You can use the 'raise hand' button to ask.

If there's a short break, the chair may say that you can switch off your camera and microphone. The chair will state what time to come back. When the tribunal has switched their cameras back on, you may do the same.

If there's a longer break (eg 1 hour+), you should leave the hearing. You can re-join at the time specified by the tribunal chair, using the link in the hearing invite. When the hearing reconvenes, you'll be admitted from the lobby again. We'll let you know if there are any changes to timings.

Doctor contact service

If you're an unrepresented doctor and want to speak with the doctor contact service, we'll arrange to move you to a separate breakout room where only you and the doctor contact representative are present. If you move to a breakout room, your camera and/or audio may switch off. Switch these back on if this happens.

While you're in the doctor contact room, the tribunal will move into the ‘in camera’ room. All other participants will turn their cameras and microphones off until the tribunal and you return.

Recording and transcription

The hearing is recorded and transcribed. Only MPTS staff will start and stop the recording and transcription. A banner may appear to let you know when they have started stating 'Someone started recording' or 'Someone started transcribing'.

The recording and transcription will be stopped during breaks and while the tribunal are in private discussions.

You may notice that the recording and transcription appear in the chat box – it is only an image and you won't be able to access these. Only MPTS staff should access the recording and transcription.

If you need a record of proceedings after the hearing, see our Recording of Hearings and Transcripts Guidance.

Only the official recording is permitted. The audio/visual recording, re-use, re-editing or redistribution of the hearing in any form is not permitted at any time. You can't take any action which may affect the security or integrity of the platform that the hearing is hosted on. No screen sharing will be permitted. No links or documents should be inserted into the chat box.

Any breach of these requirements may lead to your exclusion from this hearing and, in some circumstances, could result in legal action being taken against you.