Tribunal Procedure

 

 

                                          PDFNL INDEPENDENT TRIBUNAL “RUNNING SHEET”

Venue :                                       – Date / Time :

1. CHAIRMAN

This session of the Football League’s Independent Tribunal is now open.

Mr. Secretary, would you make the introductions.

2.SECRETARY

The Chairman for this hearing is…………………………………………………………………………………………..

The Panel Members are ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

and

The reported player is

His advocate is ……………………………………………….

The offended player is 

The reporting umpire is 

Their advocate is ………………………………………………

 

3.CHAIRMAN

Are you player number  . Of                               , the reported player?

Are you umpire/s                              , the officiating and reporting umpire/s?

 

4.CHAIRMAN

Would the offended player and all witnesses please vacate the room until called.

 

5.CHAIRMAN

Reads umpires report sheet.

Asks player’s advocate – do you object to any member of the Tribunal hearing this matter or the report.

 

6. CHAIRMAN

Player number .. of………………… , you have heard the charge. How do you plead, guilty or not guilty?

 

7. PLAYER

Responds: YES or NO ( please circle)

8. CHAIRMAN

Umpire/s , would you please expand on your written report.

9. UMPIRE/S

Response.

10. CHAIRMAN

Asks questions of the umpire, then asks the other panel members if they have any questions of the umpire. The charged player’s advocate is then asked if they have any questions of the umpire.

(Order for Questions) Chairman and Panel.

Umpire’s Advocate. Charged Player’s Advocate.

11. CHAIRMAN

Ask’s Secretary to admit the offended player.

12. CHAIRMAN

Player number of ………………, would you give the tribunal your version of why you think the umpire reported player number .. of ……………………

13. PLAYER

Responds with answer.

14. CHAIRMAN

Any questions of the offended player:

Chairman and Panel. Offended Player’s Advocate.

Umpire’s Advocate. Charged Player’s Advocate.

 

 

15. CHAIRMAN

Asks the charged player:

Are you player number .. of  ………………………. ?

 Would you give your version of the reported incident.

16. PLAYER

Responds with answer

17. CHAIRMAN

Any questions of the charged player:

Chairman and Panel. ?

 Charged Player’s Advocate. ?

Umpire’s Advocate. ?

18. CHAIRMAN

Ask for any witnesses to be called and may be questioned by all parties. Charged player’s witnesses to be called before any witness for the offended player.

The Independent Tribunal should carefully consider the status and independence of witnesses giving evidence when assessing the weighting of the credibility of the evidence given.

19. CHAIRMAN

Asks for parties if they have any more questions of anyone.

20. CHAIRMAN

To ensure natural justice to all parties concerned, you are reminded of Rule 8.6 of AFL Victoria Country Handbook.

21. CHAIRMAN

Reads AFL Victoria Country Rule 8.3.

22. CHAIRMAN

Asks if all parties are satisfied that all the available evidence has been presented to the tribunal.

23. Asks for summing up by:

Umpire / Offended player Advocate..

Advocate for charged player.

24. CHAIRMAN

Asks all parties, including tribunal secretary, to vacate the room.

 

25. * * *

Panel considers evidence and having reached a verdict asks all parties to resume.

26. CHAIRMAN

Player   of ………………………., would you please stand.

27. CHAIRMAN

We have carefully considered the evidence as presented and find you as charged.

(Guilty or Not Guilty) – Please circle

28. CHAIRMAN

If found guilty: Advocate for the charged player, do you wish to enter a plea on behalf of your player?

29. ADVOCATE

Responds with answer

30. CHAIRMAN

Asks Tribunal Secretary for the guilty player’s tribunal record.  

31. CHAIRMAN

Asks all parties, including the tribunal secretary, to vacate the room.

32. CHAIRMAN

Recalls all parties. The penalty decided on is (matches in which your club plays for premiership points).

The Chairman should be aware that this procedure applies also to players on permit as per AFL Victoria Country Rule 2.1.

The Chairman should also refer to Rule 8, 7.1.1.

33. CHAIRMAN

This case is now closed and I thank you for your attendance.