If the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the CRTO believes that the allegations against you related to professional misconduct or incompetence are serious enough to warrant a court proceeding, and where enough evidence exists to support the allegations, they may refer the matter to the Discipline Committee. The Discipline Committee is responsible for holding hearings.
A discipline hearing is one of the most formal processes that the CRTO undertakes. A discipline hearing is like a trial. The CRTO acts as a prosecutor; you would be encouraged to be represented by your own lawyer. The person who submitted the complaint could be called to testify, as could other people who were witnesses to the alleged incident.
The CRTO is primarily concerned with your ability to practice safely and conduct yourself professionally. A discipline hearing is not a criminal or civil proceeding and the CRTO has no ability to award costs or damages to the complainant, or to address concerns about the facility (e.g., hospital or clinic) or other healthcare professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses) who may have been involved in the incident.
Unlike other many other CRTO processes, a discipline hearing is open to the public and the results of the hearing will be posted on the Public Register.