Attending Hearings


If you wish to attend a hearing

If you wish to attend, you must book your place in advance by sending an e-mail to in order to register your interest. In the e-mail you must provide:

- Your full name
- Date of birth 
- Home address
- The date of the hearing you wish to attend
- T
he name of the person involved.

Any interested members of the media must also register attendance as outlined above. Media enquiries should be directed to the Media Relations Team at Police Headquarters.

Successful observers will receive a return email which will include information what to do next.

Attending a hearing

The hearing allows for 10 observers to attend, allocation will be on a first come basis. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know in your e-mail so we can ensure your needs are met.

Upon attending the location of the hearing, you will be required to present photographic identification, for example a driving licence or passport.

You will not be allowed admittance unless you have pre-registered. We reserve the right to restrict entry.

No filming, audio recording or taking of photographs of the proceedings is permitted.

Water will be provided during the hearing.

Forth Coming Hearings

Duration: One day

Date: Monday 17th September 2018

Time: 10.00hrs

Officer: PC 1664 Jon Snaith

Location: Houghton le Spring Magistrates Court, Diary lane, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne & Wear, DH4 5BL

In relation to:

Summary of the alleged conduct (2 Allegations):

1)  On the 24th April 2018, whilst off duty, PC Snaith committed an offence contrary to section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988, namely driving a motor vehicle with concentration of specified controlled drug (Cocaine and Benzoylecgonine) above specified limit.


2)  On the 26th July 2018, PC Snaith appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court and was convicted of two counts of driving a motor vehicle with concentration of specified controlled drug above specified limit contrary to section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988. PC Snaith was sentenced to a fine in the sum of £500 and disqualified from driving for a period of 12 months. PC Snaith was also ordered to pay the costs of the Crown Prosecution Service in the sum of £85.  


It is alleged that the officer’s conduct and resultant conviction set out at 1) and 2) above breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour contained in Schedule 2 to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, in particular:


Discreditable Conduct

Honesty & Integrity

And amounts to Gross Misconduct


Closing date to register interest in attending:  5:00pm - Friday 14th September 2018

Further information:  Under new Home Office regulations this hearing will be held in public.