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Filing disciplinary proceedings

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Do you practise an independent profession? You must observe the rules of conduct and the rules of professional practice that apply to your profession. Is your client dissatisfied? They can file a complaint about you with the disciplinary tribunal of your occupational group.

Examples of professions that can be subject to disciplinary proceedings are:

  • lawyers
  • civil-law notaries
  • accountants
  • doctors

Read more on independent professions (in Dutch).

What does a disciplinary tribunal do?

A disciplinary tribunal will assess if the complaint is justified and if you have followed the rules of conduct of your profession. They can question all people involved and examine evidence. Then they will make a ruling. Disciplinary tribunals can issue a warning or reprimand. They may also impose a – temporary – disqualification from a profession.

Past tribunal decisions (in Dutch) provides you with the decisions of several sector tribunals.

Do you disagree with the ruling?

You must keep to the disciplinary tribunal’s ruling. Do you disagree with the ruling? Then you can usually appeal to a separate appeal board, court, or the court of appeal.

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