In its submission to an institute review of its disciplinary system, the SPA said only a quarter of members attended their hearings due to the time and expense of travelling to London.
Michael Beloff QC, commissioned to carry out the review, is expected to release his findings later this year.
SPA chairman Peter Mitchell said: ‘We would like to see all but the more serious complaints dealt with locally rather than through a central court.’
The SPA also wants free guidance and counsel for members facing complaints.
Mitchell said: ‘We believe the cost of attempting to defend many cases is out of all proportion with the actual impact of the complaints themselves.’ He also wants to end the publication of some minor complaints.
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