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Architect's Professional Misconduct, Disciplinary Action & Quasi-Judicial role of Council of Architecture

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SPA Professional Practice III

  1. 1. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - III<br />Professional misconduct of an architect and disciplinary action, quasi judicial role of COA<br />SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE , NEW DELHI <br />January 2010 <br />
  2. 2. ARCHITECTS ACT 1972<br /> SECTION 30<br />
  3. 3. Council of Architecture Rule 1973<br /><ul><li>Disciplinary Committee
  4. 4. Complaint & architect’s response
  5. 5. Perusal of complaint by COA
  6. 6. Procedure for inquiry before Disciplinary Committee
  7. 7. Report or Disc. Comm. before COA
  8. 8. Punishment by COA, if any</li></li></ul><li>Disciplinary Committee<br /><ul><li>Elected
  9. 9. Members – 3 nos
  10. 10. One of the Chief Architects of CPWD/MES/RLY
  11. 11. One of the two nominees of AICTE
  12. 12. One of the rest
  13. 13. Chairman
  14. 14. Elected by the members of the Disc Comm from amongst themselves</li></li></ul><li>Complaint <br /><ul><li>Form prescribed by COA
  15. 15. Complaint can be filed by any person (Natural or juridical)
  16. 16. Complainant to state & submit
  17. 17. Acts and omission of an architect
  18. 18. Oral and documentary evidence
  19. 19. Incomplete complaint
  20. 20. Registrar may seek more info or return </li></li></ul><li>Architect’s Response<br />Respondent to submit his statement of defense<br /><ul><li>In two weeks or extended time
  21. 21. Verification same as civil court</li></li></ul><li>Perusal of Complaint by COA<br /><ul><li>Complaint & statement of defense is placed before COA
  22. 22. If COA is of the opinion that prima facie there exists a case against architect
  23. 23. It shall refer the matter to Disc. Comm., or
  24. 24. Call for more info, or
  25. 25. Dismiss the complaint
  26. 26. Time Taken – approx 90 days</li></li></ul><li>Inquiry<br /><ul><li>Documents placed before Disc. Comm.
  27. 27. Architect can defend himself
  28. 28. In person, or
  29. 29. Through legal practitioner, or
  30. 30. Through an architect
  31. 31. Disc. Comm. makes it report
  32. 32. Architect is guilty
  33. 33. Architect is not guilty</li></li></ul><li>Report of Disc. Comm.<br /><ul><li>Council may
  34. 34. Accept the findings of the Disc. Comm.
  35. 35. Cause further inquiry
  36. 36. If an architect is found to be guilty
  37. 37. He is called before the bar of the council
  38. 38. An opportunity to be heard
  39. 39. Time Taken – approx 180 days (90th to 270th day)</li></li></ul><li>Punishment<br /><ul><li>Council hears the guilty architect in person and thereafter may
  40. 40. Reprimand the architect, or
  41. 41. Suspend him from practice, or
  42. 42. Remove his name from the register, and
  43. 43. Pass any other order as it may thinks fit
  44. 44. Time taken – approx 180 days (270th to 450th day)</li></li></ul><li>Issues<br /><ul><li>Procedure takes unduly long time
  45. 45. No provision for appeal
  46. 46. Matters are taken to high courts at different stages</li></li></ul><li>Study required<br /><ul><li>Should the act be amended
  47. 47. Should the rules – 1973 be amended
  48. 48. Comparison with other professional acts
  49. 49. Comparison with acts of other countries</li>

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