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19. Reporting procedure and referral to a disciplinary panel

(1) The nominated judge must send their report to the Bureau.
(2) The Bureau must send the report to the judicial office holder concerned at the same time as it is sent to the Bureau.
(3) When sending the report to the judicial office holder concerned and where the report recommends removal or suspension from judicial office, the Bureau must ask the judicial office holder concerned if they require a disciplinary panel to consider the complaint.
(4) The judicial office holder concerned may —
(a) provide comments on the nominated judge's report to the Bureau;
(b) make representations to the Bureau regarding the need for further investigation into the complaint;
(c) where the report recommends removal or suspension from judicial office, state whether they require a disciplinary panel to consider the complaint.
(5) The judicial office holder concerned must respond under paragraph (4) within 14 business days of the day that the report is sent to them.
(6) If the judicial office holder concerned confirms in accordance with paragraph (4)(c) that they require a disciplinary panel to consider the complaint, the Bureau must —
(a) refer the complaint to a disciplinary panel in accordance with Part 6 of these Rules; and
(b) send the report and any comments received under paragraph (4) to the disciplinary panel.
(7) In all other cases where a report has been prepared under rule 18(1), the Bureau must send the report and comments to the Chief Justice.