The Chartered Professional Accountants and Public Accountants Disciplinary Panel (the Disciplinary Panel) is the body from which an adjudication tribunal is chosen to hear complaints concerning practice that have been forwarded by the registrar.
The board shall appoint at least 10 members of the association who are not members of the board, one of whom shall be appointed to serve as chairperson, and the minister shall appoint at least 3 persons who are not members of the association or persons currently or formerly certified, licensed or registered as accountants in the province or another jurisdiction to represent the public interest, who shall together constitute a disciplinary panel. At least one of the members of the association appointed by the board shall be licensed as a public accountant.
For the purpose of dealing with complaints referred to the disciplinary panel, the chairperson of the Disciplinary Panel shall appoint from it an adjudication tribunal consisting of 3 persons, of whom 2 shall be members of the association and one shall be a person appointed by the minister. The chairperson of the Disciplinary Panel shall appoint one of the members of the association on an adjudication tribunal to be the chairperson. Where a complaint that is referred to an adjudication tribunal involves an allegation against a respondent who is licensed as a public accountant, one of the members of the association appointed to the adjudication tribunal shall be licensed as a public accountant.
Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed Disciplinary Panel members can enhance the effectiveness of the Disciplinary Panel. Examples of such backgrounds may include:
The Disciplinary Panel convenes to hear complaints concerning practice that have been forwarded by the registrar. There are no regularly scheduled meetings as the Disciplinary Panel is called upon as needed.
Of the members first appointed to the disciplinary panel, at least one half shall be appointed for a term of 2 years and the remainder for a term of 3 years and all subsequent appointments of members to the Disciplinary Panel shall be for a term of 3 years. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term, a member of the Disciplinary Panel continues to be a member until he or she is re-appointed or his or her replacement is appointed. Persons appointed to the Disciplinary Panel may be re-appointed.