General Optical Council - Case Management Meetings

Closed 25 Oct 2019

Opened 7 Oct 2019


This consultation seeks stakeholder views about introducing an pre hearing case management process.

The case management process is intended to ensure cases are hearing ready, to reduce delays and make the best use of hearing time.

The case management procedure is primarily intended to:

  • Facilitate the effective running of GOC hearings
  • Encourage both parties to prepare their cases and cooperate with each other in order to keep delays to a minimum
  • Minimise the stress on the Registrant/witnesses at a hearing by setting up an effective channel of communication during the prehearing period and seeking agreement about a number of key issues.

The process is designed to minimise delays that can arise during the pre-hearing preparation period, which have led to hearing dates being vacated, and at the hearing stage, where valuable time is often spent dealing with preliminary matters which can ordinarily be resolved before the hearing.

The procedure will normally focus on up to two discussions between parties.  In most cases, these will take place over the telephone. 

The first telephone conference will be held 2 months from the date of disclosure to the Registrant.

A second telephone conference will take place 4-6 weeks prior to the start date of the hearing.

Why We Are Consulting

We would like to hear your views on the proposal to help us develop and finalise the case management meeting plan.

We encourage you to provide as much information as possible.

What Happens Next

The consultation will remain open for three weeks – closing on Friday 25 October 2019.  We will use the information and feedback that we gather from this consultation to further develop our plan for the case management process.

We will publish a report to summarise the findings of this consultation and explain how we have used the feedback.  We reserve the right not to publish responses which contravene our Acceptable Behaviour Policy.

If you have any queries about the consultation, then please contact Vineeta Desai –