152 Power of Standards Committee to determine complaint or matter

(1)

A Standards Committee may,—

(a)

after both inquiring into a complaint and conducting a hearing with regard to that complaint; or

(b)

after both inquiring into a matter under section 130(c) and conducting a hearing with regard to that matter,—

make 1 or more of the determinations described in subsection (2).

(2)

The determinations that the Standards Committee may make are as follows:

(a)

a determination that the complaint or matter, or any issue involved in the complaint or matter, be considered by the Disciplinary Tribunal:

(b)

a determination that there has been unsatisfactory conduct on the part of—

(i)

a practitioner or former practitioner; or

(ii)

an incorporated firm or former incorporated firm; or

(iii)

an employee or former employee of a practitioner or incorporated firm:

(c)

a determination that the Standards Committee take no further action with regard to the complaint or matter or any issue involved in the complaint or matter.

(3)

Nothing in this section limits the power of a Standards Committee to make, at any time, a decision under section 138 with regard to a complaint.

(4)

Subject to the right of review conferred by section 193 and to section 156(4), every determination made under subsection (1) and every order made under section 156 or section 157 is final.

Section 152(1)(b): amended, on 20 September 2007, by section 4 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Amendment Act 2007 (2007 No 67).