During the hearing

Once you have joined the hearing you will be able to see the tribunal. MPTS staff will have their cameras switched off but you will 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 at any point please raise this or write ‘Please can we take a short break’ in the chat box. This is visible to all participants. We will check the chat box and, if necessary, draw it to the attention of the tribunal chair.

If there is 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 is 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 will be admitted from the lobby again. We will let you know if there are any changes to timings.