Financial Planning: Process and Rules - Articles 9, 10, 11 and 12

ARTICLE 9: MOTIONS

9.1 Motion

Respondent and/or CFP Board Counsel may file a written motion regarding procedural and/or evidentiary matters. The motion must be filed no later than 30 calendar days prior to the hearing, except as otherwise referenced in Articles 5.5 and 8.2. Filing is accomplished by depositing the motion in the U.S. Mail, by Certified Mail, return receipt requested, properly addressed in accordance with Articles 2.7 and/or 18.2. The motion must state with reasonable particularity the grounds for the motion, the relief sought and whether a hearing is requested. If the motion pertains to a specific rule or rules, the motion must identify the rules. The Chair of the Hearing Panel shall have the discretion to summarily rule on a motion without a requested hearing.

9.2 Response

Respondent and/or CFP Board Counsel may file a written response to any motion filed by another party. Any response must be filed no later than 10 calendar days after the filing of the motion. Filing is accomplished by depositing the response in the U.S. Mail, by Certified Mail, return receipt requested, properly addressed accordance with Articles 2.7 and/or 18.2. If a response is filed, a rebuttal is not permitted.

9.3 Length

Motions shall not exceed two single-spaced pages. Attachments shall not exceed 10 pages.

9.4 Disposition of a Motion

The Chair of the Hearing Panel shall rule on all motions, objections and other matters presented at, or prior to, a hearing.

ARTICLE 10: HEARINGS

10.1 Notice

Not less than 30 calendar days before the date set for the hearing of a Complaint, notice of such hearing shall be given as provided in Article 18.2 to the Respondent, or to the Respondent’s counsel. The notice shall designate the date and place of the hearing.

10.2 Designation of a Hearing Panel

All hearings on Complaints seeking disciplinary action against a Respondent shall be conducted by the Hearing Panel.

10.3 Procedure and Proof

The Hearing Panel may be guided by the rules of procedure and evidence applicable in a court of law to the extent it believes it is appropriate. Such rules, however, are not binding on the Hearing Panel. Proof of misconduct shall be established by a preponderance of the evidence. A preponderance of the evidence is a legal standard of review that generally means “more probable than not,” i.e., evidence which shows that, as a whole, the fact sought to be proved is more probable than not to have occurred. In the course of the proceedings, the Chair of the Hearing Panel shall administer affirmations. A complete record shall be made of all testimony taken at hearings before the Hearing Panel.

10.4 Recommendation

CFP Board Counsel or CFP Board Designated Counsel shall present to the Hearing Panel the information and documentation gathered during the investigation and make a recommendation regarding an appropriate sanction.

ARTICLE 11: REPORT, FINDINGS OF FACT AND RECOMMENDATION

11.1 Recommendation of the Hearing Panel

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Hearing Panel shall record its findings of fact and recommendations and report its findings and recommendations to the DEC for its consideration. In this report, the Hearing Panel shall: 1) determine that the Complaint is not proved or that the facts as established do not warrant the imposition of discipline and recommend the Complaint be dismissed, either as without merit or with caution; or 2) refer the matter to the DEC with the recommendation that discipline by the DEC is appropriate. The recommendation of the Hearing Panel shall state specifically the form of discipline the Hearing Panel deems appropriate. The Hearing Panel may also recommend that the DEC enter other appropriate orders. In making its recommendation, the Hearing Panel may take into consideration the Respondent’s prior disciplinary record, if any, which includes, but is not limited to, any previous sanction issued by the DEC and/or a letter of caution issued by CFP Board Counsel.

11.2 Power of the DEC

The DEC reserves the authority to review any determination made by the Hearing Panel in the course of a disciplinary proceeding and to enter any order with respect thereto including an order directing that further proceedings be conducted as provided by these Disciplinary Rules. The DEC shall review the recommendation of the Hearing Panel and may either approve the recommendation or remand it to the Hearing Panel for further consideration. Within 45 calendar days of the hearing, the DEC must mail by certified mail to Respondent a final order containing the DECs’ findings of fact and, if appropriate, the sanction imposed. Once the DEC has issued an order, the DEC’s decision is final.

ARTICLE 12: APPEALS

All appeals from orders of the DEC and orders of CFP Board Counsel shall be submitted to CFP Board’s Appeals Committee in accordance with the Rules and Procedures of the Appeals Committee. If an order of the DEC or an order of CFP Board Counsel is not appealed within 30 calendar days after notice of the order is sent to the Respondent, such order shall become final. All orders of the DEC and orders of CFP Board Counsel are appealable unless otherwise noted in these Disciplinary Rules.

Article 13: Conviction of a Crime or Professional Suspension
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