Civil Servants: Disciplinary Proceedings

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what sanctions apply to civil servants on the offence of misconduct in public office.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Misconduct in public office is an indictable offence under common law, and anyone considered to be a public officer (including civil servants) accused of such an offence could be tried before a jury in a Crown Court.

Any sanction imposed by the courts would be determined by the nature and severity of the case and subject to any minimum or maximum penalty thresholds relating to the specific offence being tried.

All civil servants are also subject to departmental conduct policies and the Civil Service Code which requires them to act with integrity, impartiality, honesty and objectivity. Breaches of the Civil Service Code will be the subject of internal disciplinary action.

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