If a complaint proceeds to a discipline hearing, it will be heard before a panel that is chaired by a lawyer and includes at least one Law Society Bencher or Life Bencher who is a lawyer, a lawyer who is not a Bencher, and a member of the public who is not a lawyer. Together, these panel members act as judges.
A discipline hearing is similar to a court hearing. A Law Society lawyer, like a Crown prosecutor, presents evidence to prove the allegations against the lawyer. The lawyer who is the subject of the allegations is usually represented by another lawyer.