(1) A councillor against whom disciplinary action (other than disciplinary action comprised only of counselling or reprimanding) is taken by the Departmental Chief Executive may appeal to the Civil and Administrative Tribunal against the decision of the Departmental Chief Executive to take disciplinary action.Note : An appeal under this section is an external appeal to the Tribunal for the purposes of the Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 .
(2) An appeal must be made within 28 days after the day on which the councillor is notified of the Departmental Chief Executive's decision to take disciplinary action against the councillor.
(3) The Tribunal may stay any decision made by the Departmental Chief Executive until such time as the Tribunal determines the appeal.
(3A) If the Tribunal stays a decision for suspension of a councillor for misconduct that has resulted or will result in disqualification from civic office under section 275(1A), the disqualification ceases to have effect or does not take effect (as the case requires) until such time as the appeal is finally determined or withdrawn.
(4) On hearing the appeal, the Tribunal may--(a) confirm the decision, or(b) amend the decision, or(c) set aside the decision and substitute a new decision.
(5) If a decision is amended or substituted, the decision as amended or substituted has effect as if it had been made in that form by the Departmental Chief Executive.
(6) If the Tribunal sets aside a decision to suspend a councillor, any fee or other remuneration, or expenses, withheld under the suspension is payable to the councillor and any disqualification that resulted from the suspension ceases to have effect.