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Disciplinary hearing script

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Our Disciplinary Hearing Script Template ensures structured proceedings, promoting fairness and adherence to disciplinary policies during hearings.

If you are chairing a disciplinary hearing for an allegation of misconduct, use this model script template to help you navigate through the meeting.

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How long to understand and implement this script?
5 mins
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How many words in this script?
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What is a Disciplinary hearing script?

A disciplinary hearing script template is a guide that outlines the basic structure and content of a disciplinary hearing. The script should be tailored to the specific circumstances of the hearing, but typically includes the following elements:

  • Introductions.
  • Presentation of evidence.
  • Employee response.
  • Deliberation.
  • Conclusion.

It is important to ensure that the disciplinary hearing script template is fair, consistent, and in compliance with any applicable laws.

Best practice timescale for this to be issued
When should this script be issued?
During the meeting itself
Issued by who, to whom
Who should issue this script, and to whom?
The Employer (you) to the Employee
Applicable legal jurisdictions
In which jurisdictions can this script be used?
Great Britain & NI (United Kingdom), Worldwide

What legislation and best practice guidelines have been taken into account in the development of this template?

United Kingdom
  • Employment Rights Act 1996: Provides guidelines on conducting disciplinary hearings, ensuring fair and reasonable procedures.

  • Equality Act 2010: Ensures fair treatment during disciplinary hearings, prohibiting discrimination based on protected characteristics.

  • ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures: Offers best practices for conducting disciplinary hearings and ensuring procedural fairness.

  • Data Protection Act 2018: Ensures that employee data related to disciplinary hearings is handled securely and confidentially.

Other territories

Consult your jurisdiction's employment legislation or labor laws to ensure compliance with the template. Review the language for local precision.

Disciplinary hearing Script [Delete this line]

Thanks for attending.

[Purpose of the meeting]

To address the allegations set out in my letter inviting you to this hearing. 

To give you an opportunity to respond, and put forward any mitigating circumstances you wish to be taken into account. [If you have chosen to be accompanied at the hearing by a colleague or trade union official they may ask questions or read a statement on your behalf, but cannot answer questions for you].

Once you have responded and made any statement you wish to make, we will then adjourn the meeting and I will decide what level of disciplinary sanction to impose (if any). This will be notified to you in writing.


The hearing is being convened to consider [Provide details of allegations / evidence as set out in the invite letter].

Now is your opportunity to respond and to put forward any mitigating circumstances you wish to be taken into account before I make a decision.


Is there anything further that you would like to add?

[End meeting]

Thank you again for attending, I will take into account everything you have said, and will consider my decision.

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