Disciplinary Process

The Disciplinary Committee comprises of people drawn from the membership, the members of this committee must be full members of Endurance GB and have sound knowledge and experience of the rules and procedures of Endurance GB.
A panel of three is convened by the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee when a matter is brought to them for consideration.

 

Grievance Procedure

The Board of Directors of Endurance GB aims to do things well. Members can make complaints about any area of the organisation’s activity. Members should speak to the Chairman or Vice Chairman about any concerns. If a member is not happy with the explanation they receive, the complaint should be made in writing to the Members Liaison Officer (MLO). The MLO will aim to send a full reply within two weeks of receiving the written complaint. If this is not possible because, for example, an investigation is being carried out, the member will be notified of when to expect a full reply. If something has been done incorrectly or a mistake has been made, an apology will be made. The MLO will explain what went wrong and how it is being put right. The MLO may also, in their absolute discretion, refer matters to the Chairman of the Endurance GB Disciplinary Panel under paragraph 3 of the Disciplinary Code below.

 

 

The Disciplinary Code 

Please Note this Code is taken from the Members' Handbook
1.       Introduction

1.1.    This Disciplinary Code forms part of the terms and conditions of membership of Endurance GB (“EGB”).  It also forms part of the terms and conditions of participation in rides, competitions and other events organised and/or sanctioned by Endurance GB (“EGB Rides”).  Anyone who applies for membership of EGB, and/or who participates in an EGB Ride, whether as a competitor, crew, trainer, owner, official or any person assisting any competitor, shall be deemed to have accepted this Code and agreed to be bound and to abide by its provisions and all decisions made hereunder.

1.2.    EGB may from time to time supplement, amend or vary this Code.  Such changes shall be deemed to be effective and binding from the date of publication of the changes by EGB.  The Code presented below for 2014 is a revised version of the previous (original) Code, although the main principles still apply.

1.3.    The following pages provide a summary of the Disciplinary Code and the EGB Disciplinary Committee’s procedure for considering appeals against decisions by Technical Stewards/Ground Juries.  The full version of the Code can be found on the EGB website and should be read before raising a complaint or grievance with EGB.  A printed copy can be provided on request from the EGB Office.

1.4.    The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has responsibility for handling disciplinary matters for riders and their connections at all international events whether they are staged in the UK or outside it, subject to the rules and procedures set out in the BEF Rule Book.  In addition, the BEF Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Rules apply to all EGB Rides, not just at FEI Rides in England and Wales.  Positive tests from any EGB or FEI Rides will be handled by the BEF. 

2.       Disciplinary Offences and Disciplinary Complaints

2.1.    Everyone subject to this Code is responsible and accountable for his or her own conduct in connection with the sport of Endurance Riding.  They must conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the highest standards of disciplined and sporting behaviour.  Any conduct that falls below these standards and that harms or undermines the sport in any way shall constitute a Disciplinary Offence under this Code.

2.2.    It is not possible to draw up a definitive and exhaustive list of types of conduct, behaviour, statements or practices that may amount to a Disciplinary Offence under this Code.  For purposes of illustration only, and not by way of limitation, each of the following types of behaviour may constitute a Disciplinary Offence under this Code:

2.2.1. Acts/omissions that breach EGB rules, including the rules specific to any particular EGB Ride;

2.2.2. Acts or statements that are, or conduct that is, discriminatory by reason of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability;

2.2.3. Any conduct, behaviour, statements or practices during an EGB Ride that is offensive, indecent, violent and/or insulting and/or that brings or may bring into disrepute the sport of Endurance Riding;

2.2.4. Any violation of the EGB Forum’s Code of Practice;

2.2.5. Any inappropriate use of Facebook and/or Twitter and/or other social networks regarding EGB members and/or events that is indecent and/or insulting and/or that brings or may bring into disrepute the sport of Endurance Riding;

2.2.6. Reneging on any commitment made to participate in EGB teams, such as the commitment made by those persons selected to be members of the World Class Squads to participate, if certain conditions are met, in Endurance Riding Championships and other competitions;

2.2.7. Failing to make timely payment for ride entry fees and other amounts due to EGB. 

3.       Appeals against Decision of Technical Steward/Ground Jury

3.1.    Should a person wish to query a decision of the Technical Steward/Ground Jury at an EGB Ride, if possible they should discuss this with the Technical Steward/Ground Jury at the event. 

3.2.    If it is not possible to resolve this query through such discussion at the event, the person should contact the Members’ Liaison Officer (MLO) to appeal from the decision as soon as possible after the event (ideally within 7 days of their discussion with the Technical Steward/Ground Jury at the event).

3.3.    Should a person wish to appeal from a decision of the Technical Steward/Ground Jury after the conclusion of an event, they should contact the MLO as soon as possible (and within 28 days of the end of the event).

3.4.    If the MLO is unable to resolve the issue, the person wishing to appeal should deposit £50 with the EGB Office, accompanied by a statement of the reason(s) for their appeal.

3.5.    This statement will be forwarded to the Chair of the EGB Disciplinary Committee, who will convene a three-person Appeal Panel from the Committee’s members to consider the matter and make a decision.

3.6.    If the appeal is not upheld, the deposit is forfeited. 

4.       Disciplinary Proceedings

4.1.    These are summarised in the Boxes below;

4.2.    Where possible, complaints and grievances should be handled without recourse to the Disciplinary Committee.  Bringing complaints arising from EGB Rides to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee should not be undertaken lightly, and other avenues should generally be explored fully before doing so.  However, it is recognised that in certain circumstances a complaint should be considered by the Disciplinary Committee and if this is necessary it is important to act promptly.  The Members’ Liaison Officer (MLO) should usually be the first contact for non-Ride-related complaints and grievances. 

4.3.    Only a few EGB personnel are able to bring complaints to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee (via its Chair).   They may be acting on their own behalf or on behalf of an EGB Member.  They are:

4.3.1. The Technical Steward (TS)/Chair of Ground Jury (GJ)

4.3.2. The Members’ Liaison Officer (MLO)

4.3.3. The Chef d’Equipe – about matters pertaining to the Development Squads and International Teams

4.3.4. The EGB Welfare Officer (EGBWO) – about matters relating to the welfare and safeguarding of  EGB Members (especially children and young people) at any event

4.3.5. The Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors (DREGBBD) (to be nominated by the Board of Directors) – about EGB-related equine welfare concerns arising outside national EGB Rides (where they should be raised with the TS)

4.3.6. The DREGBBD should only become involved in bringing any other types of complaint to the Disciplinary Committee after all other relevant possibilities have been explored.

4.4.    EGB Members cannot directly bring complaints to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee. The person bringing the complaint to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee is responsible for compiling and submitting the supporting evidence (e.g. reports from EGB Ride Officials; written and oral witness statements; scanned copies or photocopies of documents; photos and videos).

4.5.    If, in the opinion of the EGB Technical Steward or Ground Jury (as applicable), any person subject to this Disciplinary Code whilst participating in an event is guilty of a Disciplinary Offence as referred to in Paragraph 2.2 of this Code, including:

a)      Dangerous riding

b)      Discourteous and unacceptable behaviour (including a lack of respect for the countryside and the land used by the Ride);

c)       A breach of EGB rules

d)      Animal abuse

they may impose all or any of the following penalties:

a)      Take no action

b)      A reprimand (verbal or written) and/or downgrade to a lower award

c)       Disqualification of the horse and/or rider from taking any further part in the event.

In addition to the above, if the Technical Steward/Ground Jury (or the EGB Welfare Officer, where relevant) decides to refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee under this Code, then they shall (within 28 days of the conduct or behaviour) notify the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee in accordance with the procedures set out in the full Disciplinary Code on the EGB website.

4.6.    Other EGB personnel permitted to bring complaints to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee should also follow the procedures and timescales set out in the full Disciplinary Code.

4.7.    On receipt of a complaint, the Chair of the EGB Disciplinary Committee will convene a three-person Disciplinary Panel from the members of the Disciplinary Committee to consider the complaint. This will be done in accordance with the procedures described in the full Disciplinary Code.

4.8.    A non-exhaustive list of the steps that may be decided upon by the Disciplinary Panel is as follows:

a)      Take no further action

b)      Caution or reprimand the Defendant, or issue a formal oral or written warning

c)       Fine the Defendant an amount proportionate to the seriousness of the offence (recommended maximum fine = £1,500)

d)      Suspend the Defendant from participation in one or more EGB Rides or from membership of EGB for a specified period and/or

e)      Expel the Defendant from membership of EGB. 

5.       Miscellaneous

5.1.    The decision of the Disciplinary Committee is final and there is no appeal within EGB (although an aggrieved Member may wish to pursue their complaint with the BEF according to their procedures).

5.2.    Disciplinary decisions made pursuant to this Code shall not be quashed or held invalid by reason only of any irregularity, omission, technicality or other defect in the procedures followed unless such irregularity, omission, technicality or other defect raises a material doubt as to the reliability of the findings, decision or results in a miscarriage of justice.

5.3.    In respect of any matter arising that is not provided for in this Code, the appropriate body shall take a decision according to general principles of justice and fairness.

5.4.    Disciplinary findings or decisions made pursuant to this Code may be published in the EGB magazine.

Event/Circumstances:   National EGB Ride

Originator of Complaint (the Aggrieved Party)

Type of Complaint

(identification of Defendant)

 

Initial Contact by Aggrieved Party

Next Steps

EGB Member (Competitor) at Ride

Behaviour of another Competitor (and/or their crew) at Ride

With Technical Steward/ Ground Jury (TS/GJ)

· If no resolution after initial discussions with TS/GJ: TS/GJ will include Members Liaison Officer (MLO) (or EGB Welfare Officer (EGBWO), if appropriate) in the discussions

· If still no resolution: TS/GJ and/or MLO (or EGBWO, if appropriate) will raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee on behalf of Member

· If TS/GJ and/or MLO not want to take complaint to Disciplinary Committee (e.g. they do not think this to be appropriate), the Member can approach the Disciplinary Representative on EGB Board of Directors (DREGBBD) to raise the complaint with the Disciplinary Committee on their behalf

Behaviour of TS and/or Ground Jury (this is not the same as an Appeal against a technical decision by a TS/GJ )

With Members’ Liaison Officer (MLO)

· If no resolution after initial discussions with MLO: MLO will inform DREGBBD (who becomes representative of Member)

· If still no resolution after subsequent discussions: DREGBBD will raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee on behalf of Member

Behaviour of other EGB Ride Officials/Volunteers

With TS/GJ

· If no resolution after initial discussions with TS/GJ: TS/GJ will include MLO in the discussions

· If still no resolution: TS/GJ and/or MLO will raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee on behalf of Member

· If TS/GJ and/or MLO not want to take complaint to Disciplinary Committee, the Member can approach the DREGBBD to raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee on their behalf

Technical Steward (TS) and/or Ground Jury (GJ)

Behaviour of a Member (and/or their crew) at Ride

With the Member

· If no resolution after initial discussions with Member: TS/GJ will include MLO (or EGBWO, if appropriate) in the discussions

· If still no resolution: TS/GJ will raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee (on their own behalf)

Behaviour of EGB Ride Officials/Volunteers at Ride

With the Official/Volunteer

· If no resolution after initial discussions with Official/Volunteer: TS/GJ will include the MLO in the discussions

· If still no resolution: TS/GJ will raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee (on their own behalf)

EGB Ride Officials and Volunteers

Behaviour of a Member (and/or their crew)

With TS/GJ

· TS/GJ to discuss complaint with Member

· If no resolution: TS/GJ will include MLO (or EGBWO, if appropriate) in the discussions

· If still no resolution: TS/GJ will raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee on behalf of Official/Volunteer

 Event/Circumstances:   Other national EGB activities 

Originator of Complaint (the Aggrieved Party)

Type of Complaint

(identification of Defendant)

 

Initial Contact by Aggrieved Party

Next Steps

Full Member of EGB (and aged 14+)

Behaviour of EGB Members on EGB Forum (or other EGB social media sites)

With the Moderator of Forum

 

· If required: Moderator of Forum to inform EGB Board of Directors, who may decide to raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee via the Disciplinary Representative on EGB Board of Directors (DREGBBD)

Chef d’Equipe

Behaviour of Team/Squad Members

With DREGBBD

· If no resolution after initial discussions: Chef d’Equipe or DREGBBD to raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee

Other personnel connected with International Teams/Squads

Behaviour of Selectors and/or Team/Squad Members

With Chef d’Equipe and/or Chair of International Committee

· If no resolution after initial discussions: Complainant to inform DREGBBD

· If still no resolution: Chef d’Equipe or DREGBBD to raise complaint with Disciplinary Committee

Event/Circumstances: Local Group Rides and other local activities

 

Participant in Local Group Event (e.g. Social Ride)

Behaviour of other participant(s) and/or Officials and Volunteers at Local Group Event

With Organiser of Local Group Event

· If no resolution: Bring to attention of Local Group Committee

· If still no resolution: Involve MLO in local discussions

Local Group Ride Officials and Volunteers

Behaviour of participant(s) and/or Officials and Volunteers at Local Group Event

With Organiser of Local Group Event

· If no resolution: Bring to attention of Local Group Committee

· If still no resolution: Involve MLO in local discussions

Member of Local Group

Local endurance-related behaviour of another Member (Full or Associate)

With Local Group Committee Member

· Complaint to be considered by Local Group Committee

· If no resolution: Involve MLO (or EGB Welfare Officer or DREGBBD, if appropriate) in local discussions

Event/Circumstances: Any other situation

 

Any EGB Member

Other EGB-related concern or grievance

With EGB Chairman or Vice Chairman or DREGBBD

· Involve MLO and/or EGBWO and/or DREGBBD (or other EGB Official) as appropriate

Collective Complaint about EGB Board of Directors

With Chair of EGB Disciplinary Committee (contact via EGB Office)

· This is the only situation in which a Member can make a complaint (with full supporting evidence) directly to the EGB Disciplinary Committee, who will respond as deemed appropriate

 

 

 

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

This description of the Disciplinary Proceedings should be read in conjunction with the Disciplinary Code in the Endurance GB Members’ Handbook

1.       Disciplinary Proceedings

1.1.    If, in the opinion of the EGB Technical Steward or Ground Jury (as applicable), any person subject to this Disciplinary Code whilst participating in an Event is guilty of a Disciplinary Offence as referred to in Paragraph 9 of the Disciplinary Code (page 138), including:

a)            dangerous riding

b)            discourteous behaviour

c)            a breach of EGB rules

d)            animal abuse

They may impose all or any of the following penalties:

a)                 take no action

b)                 a reprimand and/or downgrade to a lower award

c)                  disqualification of the horse and/or rider from taking any further part in the event.

In addition to the above, the Technical Steward, Ground Jury, Members Liaison Officer, Chef d’Equipe, Lead Welfare Officer or Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors may, within 28 days of the end of the Event or occurrence, refer the matter to the Chairman of the EGB Disciplinary Committee (whilst at the same time copying the referral to the individual(s) concerned).

1.2.    Should a person wish to appeal from a decision of the Technical Steward/Ground Jury made under this paragraph, they may on the deposit of £50 within 28 days of the end of the Event, request that the matter is referred to the EGB Disciplinary Committee.  If the appeal is not upheld the deposit is forfeited.

1.3.    If the Technical Steward, Ground Jury, Members Liaison Officer, Chef d’Equipe,  Lead Welfare Officer or Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors decides to refer the matter to the EGB Disciplinary Committee under this Code, then they shall (within 28 days of the conduct of behaviour) send a notice to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee (see clause 2.1 below), with a copy to the person being charged (the “Defendant”), which notice shall specify the following:

1.3.1. The name of the Defendant

1.3.2. Full details of the alleged Disciplinary Offence, including date and place and names of any witnesses and any specific EGB rules alleged to have been broken (if applicable); and

1.3.3. That the matter is being referred to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel for consideration under the Disciplinary Code.

1.4.    The person bringing the complaint to the attention of the Disciplinary Committee is responsible for compiling and submitting the supporting evidence (e.g. reports from EGB Ride Officials; written and oral witness statements; scanned copies or photocopies of documents; photos and videos).

1.5.    The EGB Disciplinary Committee may deal with any matter referred to it in accordance with the procedure set out in sections 2 and 3 below or, if in its opinion the matter is sufficiently serious, refer it to be dealt with by the officers appointed by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Board to consider complaints of misconduct.

 

 

2.       Composition of the Disciplinary Panel

2.1.    The Board of Directors of EGB shall designate individuals of suitable experience and standing to form a Disciplinary Committee.  For the avoidance of doubt, members of the EGB Board of Directors may be members of the Disciplinary Committee.  The Board of Directors of EGB shall designate one of the members of the Disciplinary Committee to serve as Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee.

2.2.    When a matter is referred to the Disciplinary Committee under this Code, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee shall convene a three-person Disciplinary Panel to hear the complaint.

2.3.    No person with a close interest in the matters that are the subject of the complaint may sit on the Disciplinary Panel hearing the complaint.

2.4.    Once the Disciplinary Panel has been convened, its Chairman shall send a written notice to the Defendant, identifying the members of the Disciplinary Panel and specifying a deadline by which any challenges to its composition based on clause 2.3 above must be made and then:

2.4.1. Offer the Defendant the right of reply in writing to the charges made within 10 days, following which the Disciplinary Panel will confer together and notify the Defendant in writing of their provisional findings and offer a Disciplinary Hearing at a later date during which a final decision will be made and any sanction(s) will be imposed; or

2.4.2. Allow the Defendant to choose to attend a Disciplinary Hearing at a time convenient to the Disciplinary Panel without making any written reply.  If no written reply is received from the Defendant within the specified period, a Disciplinary Hearing will be convened at which the Defendant will be required to attend.  The Defendant will be notified in writing of the details of the Disciplinary Hearing and will be asked to inform the Disciplinary Panel whether or not they choose to attend.  The Defendant will be notified that if they choose not to attend, the Disciplinary Panel will confer together in their absence and subsequently notify the Defendant in writing of their findings and any sanction(s).

2.4.3. The Defendant may admit the charge at any time, in which case the Disciplinary Panel shall proceed immediately to consider submissions as to what sanction(s), if any, should be imposed, without the need for a Disciplinary Hearing (providing the Defendant agrees that it is not necessary to hold one).

2.5.    If a member of a Disciplinary Panel is unable or unwilling, for whatever reason, to hear the complaint, then the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee may, in their absolute discretion (a) appoint another member of the Disciplinary Committee as a replacement; or (b) appoint a new Disciplinary Panel.

2.6.    A Disciplinary Panel shall be entitled to call on experts to provide specialist advice, including legal advice, without such experts sitting as members of the Disciplinary Panel.  The costs of such experts shall be costs of the proceedings, for the purposes of clause 4.5 below.

 

3.       Proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel

3.1.      The Defendant, if requested, must present himself/herself before the Disciplinary Panel.  The Defendant will be notified of the Hearing by first class post.  Failure to attend may result in the Hearing proceeding in their absence.

3.2.      The procedures applicable in respect of the Hearing before the Disciplinary Panel shall be determined by the Disciplinary Panel as it shall see fit, provided always that such procedures shall be consistent with the requirements of fairness.  The procedures shall be advised to the parties at the beginning of the Hearing, and the parties shall be entitled to propose amendments to the procedures in the particular circumstances of that case.

3.3.      It is hereby acknowledged that requirements of fairness are not fixed, but depend for their content on the particular facts and circumstances of the case in question.  Nevertheless, they shall usually include at a minimum the following:

3.3.1. The Defendant shall be entitled to be accompanied at the Hearing by a person of his choice (such as a legal advisor, whose costs shall be the costs of the proceedings for the purposes of clause 4.5 below), who may speak on behalf of the Defendant.  The Defendant and his chosen person shall be entitled to be present for the whole of the Hearing other than the private deliberations of the Disciplinary Panel.

3.3.2. The Technical Steward, Ground Jury, Members Liaison Officer, Chef d’Equipe,  Lead Welfare Officer or Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors shall bear the burden of proving, on the balance of probabilities, that the Defendant has committed a Disciplinary Offence.  They may be assisted by legal counsel, whose costs shall be the costs of the proceedings for purposes of clause 4.5 below.

3.3.3. The Defendant may admit the charge at any time, in which case the Disciplinary Panel shall proceed immediately to hear submissions as to what sanctions (if any) should be imposed.

3.3.4. The members of the Disciplinary Panel may ask the Defendant questions.  In addition, the Technical Steward, Ground Jury, Members Liaison Officer, Chef d’Equipe, Lead Welfare Officer or Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors may ask the Defendant questions through the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel.  The Defendant may be required to answer such questions and to give such explanations for their conduct as requested by the Disciplinary Panel.

3.3.5. The Technical Steward, Ground Jury, Members Liaison Officer, Chef d’Equipe, Lead Welfare Officer or Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors may present oral, written or video evidence from third parties.  In such a case the Defendant (or his representative) shall be given a reasonable opportunity to cross-examine (through the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel) those who have given oral evidence and to make representations as to the contents of any written or video evidence.

3.3.6. If the Technical Steward, Ground Jury, Members Liaison Officer, Chef d’Equipe, Lead Welfare Officer or Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors establishes a prima facie case of a Disciplinary Offence, the Defendant shall be given proper opportunity to state his defence to the Disciplinary Panel before any decision is taken.

3.3.7. The Defendant may present oral, written or video evidence, in which case the Technical Steward, Ground Jury, Members Liaison Officer, Chef d’Equipe, Lead Welfare Officer or Disciplinary Representative on the EGB Board of Directors shall be given a reasonable opportunity (through the Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel) to cross-examine such witnesses and to make representations as to the contents of any written or video evidence.

3.3.8. The Disciplinary Panel shall seek, where possible, to obtain first-hand evidence of matters in issue rather than hearsay evidence.  However, formal legal rules regarding the admissibility of evidence shall not apply in proceedings before the Disciplinary Panel.  Instead, the Disciplinary Panel shall decide in its absolute discretion what weight, if any, to give to the evidence presented to it.

3.3.9. The Disciplinary Panel shall decide all of the issues presented to it fairly and impartially.

3.4.    The Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel shall be entitled to suspend or adjourn the Hearing for the purposes of investigating any matters arising in the course of the Hearing or for any other reason.  Such suspension or adjournment shall last only for as long as shall be reasonably necessary.

 

 

4.       Decisions by the Disciplinary Panel

4.1.    At the conclusion of the Disciplinary Hearing, the Disciplinary Panel shall confer in private in order to reach a decision.  Decisions of the Disciplinary Panel shall be made by majority vote, without right to abstain.

4.2.    Where the Disciplinary Panel is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the Defendant has committed a Disciplinary Offence, then (subject to clause 4.4 below), the Disciplinary Panel shall impose such sanction(s) as it shall see fit (if any).  In its discretion it may invite submissions from the parties as to what sanctions (if any) should be imposed.

4.3.    Subject to clause 4.4 below, a non-exhaustive list of the steps that may be decided upon by the Disciplinary Panel is as follows:

4.3.1. Take no further action;

4.3.2. Caution or reprimand the Defendant, or issue a formal oral or written warning;

4.3.3. Fine the Defendant in an amount proportionate to the seriousness of the offence (recommended maximum fine = £1,000);

4.3.4. Suspend the Defendant from participation in one or more EGB Rides or from membership of EGB for a specified period; and/or

4.3.5. Expel the Defendant from membership of EGB.

4.4.    Where a complaint is upheld that the Defendant has reneged on a commitment to participate in an EGB team to contest a major championship or competition, the sanction shall be suspension from membership of EGB for a period of not more than eighteen months, commencing on the date of the Championship in question.  Proof of mitigating circumstances will be required in order to justify reducing the length of the sanction in such cases to less than eighteen months.

4.5.    In its decision, the Disciplinary Panel shall have discretion to impose any order that it shall see fit as to the costs of proceedings before it.

4.6.    The Chairman shall inform the Defendant of the Disciplinary Panel’s decision, including the reasons for it, in writing, posted by normal first class post within 48 hours of the decision being made.  The decision shall be binding upon notification to the Defendant.  EGB may publicise the decision after it has been notified to the Defendant.

4.7.    The decision of the Disciplinary Panel is final and there is no appeal within EGB (although an aggrieved Member may wish to pursue their complaint with the BEF according to their procedures).

 

5.       Miscellaneous

5.1.    Disciplinary decisions made pursuant to this Code shall not be quashed or held invalid by reason only of any irregularity, omission, technicality or other defect in the procedures followed unless such irregularity, omission, technicality or other defect raises a material doubt as to the reliability of the findings, decisions or results in a miscarriage of justice.

5.2.    In respect of any matter arising that is not provided for in this Code, the appropriate body shall take a decision according to general principles of justice and fairness.

5.3.    Disciplinary findings or decisions made pursuant to this Code may be published in the EGB magazine.

(Prepared by Diana Sanderson, Chair of EGB Disciplinary Committee)