Disciplinary hearings are open to the public to the fullest extent possible, and hearing panel discipline decisions and the reasons for these decisions are also made public.
The hearing process under the Teachers Act is briefly described in The Discipline Process brochure.
If you require additional detail about the hearing process, please refer to the
Teachers Act and the Commissioner's Rules.
Unless otherwise indicated, all public hearings will be held at the Teacher Regulation
Branch, suite 400, 2025 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC. Please note that the public
may be excluded from all or part of a hearing pursuant to section 61(2) of the Teachers
Notification of a public hearing will occur approximately 10 days in advance of
the hearing. If you would like to attend a hearing, please read the Visitor Protocol
for Hearings and make a reservation through the Visitor Reservation Form.
The outcome of a hearing is determined by a hearing panel.
How Hearing Panels Are Appointed
The determination of
panels is made by the Commissioner for every case that proceeds to a hearing. The
Commissioner pulls panelists from the
Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board — a pool of nine members from
the BC Teachers' Council — and may also appoint members of a
public panel pool to a sit on hearing panels as appropriate.
The Teachers Act requires that panels are appointed based on the following criteria:
- One of the three panel members must be a BCTF member, unless no BCTF member is available, and
- One panel member must have knowledge and experience of independent schools if the case involves a respondent who holds an independent school teaching certificate.