RUGBY INDIA JUDICIARY PROCEDURES - Referee’s Reports (and Touch Judges Reports):

  1. Referee’s Reports (and Touch Judges Reports):

Must be in the hands of the Zone President or Zone Development Manager or such authorized person by 4.30p.m on the Monday following the game. These reports will be considered by the judiciary committee Chairman and should it be deemed necessary to do so, the player’s club will be advised that the player and his support personnel are required to attend a scheduled meeting of the judiciary for a hearing. The usual time and day for the hearing is 6.00pm on the Tuesday following the game. This will allow all parties to received and consider the referee’s reports.

If the match is a midweek game then the report will be required from the match officials no later than 48 hours after the completion of the match and any hearing (if required) is to be held within 96 hours (4 days) of the conclusion of the match,

  1. Hearings

At each hearing the Committee shall have power to regulate its procedures as it thinks fit.  The Committee may require the player ordered off to provide prior to the meeting at which the disciplinary proceedings against him are to be heard full particulars of the case to be presented on his behalf.

    1. the Chairman or a member of the Committee will explain the procedure to be followed
    2. the Referee’s Report and where applicable the Touch Judges report will be read
    3. evidence fro the ordered off player if he elects to give evidence and from any witnesses to be called will be heard
    4. submission will be heard

In the event the Committee accepts video tape evidence where possible the video tape should be viewed prior to the Referee’s report being read and without the sound or commentary associated with it being heard.

Questioning of Witnesses

Where evidence is given before the Committee there shall be no direct questioning of any witness.  Question may however be put to a witness through the Chairman of the Committee at the Chairman’s discretion.

Evidence

The Committee shall be entitled to receive such evidence as it thinks fit (including evidence in writing) notwithstanding the evidence may not be legally admissible.

Generally committees should apply the Best evidence Rule i.e. first hand accounts from persons present at the hearing as to their observations of the incident in question.  That is not to say that hearsay evidence should never be accepted. However great caution should be exercised before hearsay evidence is accepted in preference to first hand evidence and generally less weight should be given to hearsay evidence.

Further as a general rule, committees should not permit the introduction of opinion evidence other that expert opinion evidence. Expert opinion evidence should be permitted only when the evidence falls outside the every day knowledge of members of the committee e.g. medical opinion

Attendance of Witnesses

The Committee may require the attendance at the meeting of any witness. In any case where a witness required by the Committee to attend the meeting refuses or fails to so attend the Committee may refuse to allow the evidence of that witness to be given in any other form.

Representation

All persons or parties entitled to be heard by the Committee may be represented by an official of their Association

Deliberations

The Committee’s deliberations on it decisions shall be in private

The Committee may impose on an ordered off player whatever penalty (if any) it deems appropriate within the Schedule of Maximum Penalties hereafter provided.

Notification of Decision

The Decision of the Committee shall be advised to all parties as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the hearing. Where it considers it appropriate the Committee may deliver a short oral Decision at the conclusion of the hearing with it reason to be put in writing and communicated to the parties at a later date.

All parties heard by the Committee shall be entitled to a copy of the written Decision of the Committee which shall be sent to them by the Region President or Regional Development Manager of the Association within 48 hours after it is available.

In any case where a player is adversely affected by a Decision of the Committee he shall be advised by the Committee of his right of appeal to the Association’s Appeal Committee.  Such advice shall be included in the Committees written Decision.

As soon as practicable after the decision of the Committee is available the Regional Development Manager of the Association shall notify the Players Club of the Decision and the right of appeal available to the player. The Region President or Regional Development Manager of the Association shall also notify the Referee’s group of the Committee’s Decision.

Record of Proceedings

The hearing of proceedings by the Committee shall be recorded.  The record of the proceedings and all paper associated with the proceedings shall be held by the Zone President or Zone Development Manager of the Association. 

  1. Player Appeals:
Players wishing to appeal against the mandatory sentence (e.g. for mistaken identity) must do so in writing through their club to the Zone President or Zone Development Manager by 4.30pm on the Monday following the game.  A scheduled judiciary meeting when the player and his support personnel will be required to appear and present their evidence.

 

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