Many professionals are governed by a regulatory body that handles complaints from the public. For the individual professional caught up in the complaint process, the experience can be devastating.
After receiving a copy of the initial complaint, the professional must write a response. This may be followed by appearances in front of a complaints committee, a pre-hearing conference, and ultimately, a discipline panel.
The stakes are very high. A finding of professional misconduct can blight, or even end a professional career. But fortunately, we often find an earlier resolution, so the process doesn’t move to a discipline hearing at all.
If you receive an initial complaint, seek legal help right away.
At Pelton Law, we have considerable experience in this area of law, having dealt with complaints before the following organizations:
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
- College of Chiropractors of Ontario
- College of Nurses
- College of Psychologists
- College of Denturists
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Ontario Racing Commission