Decisions, decisions, decisions: Referrals to the SDT

Martina Hogg discusses the faults of the current - and previous - process for referral of matters to the SDT
19 Feb 2016

In November 2015, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) budget was increased following a 69 per cent rise in cases. Has the legal profession had a collective rush of blood to the head? I very much doubt it, but there must be some reason for this apparent increase.

One possible explanation might be the process by which matters are referred to the SDT. It used to be that following an investigation a report was produced and the solicitor was asked to respond to the report and related allegations. There was then lengthy correspondence in respect of the matter before a further report was put to an adjudicator or an adjudication panel, who decided whether or not to refer the matter to ...

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