The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall, on the recommendation of the minister, appoint a panel of persons to act as adjudicators to conduct hearings into complaints made against police officers. The Act states that hearings are to be conducted without delay giving full opportunity to all parties to present evidence and make representations. It is the responsibility of the Commissioner of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Public Complaints Commission to determine which matters are referred to the adjudicators for hearing.
The panel shall consist of 12 persons, each of whom shall be a lawyer and 1 of them shall be appointed as the chief adjudicator.
The following competencies for a Commissioner are preferred:
The time commitment varies depending on the number and complexity of complaints.
A member of the panel shall serve for 3 years during good behaviour and continue in office until reappointed or replaced.