Below are the criteria determined by the World Rugby Council against which Judicial and Disciplinary Panel members nominated by Unions and Associations will be considered. No person who is an office holder or employee[1] of a Union shall be eligible for appointment to the Judicial and Disciplinary Panel.

Criteria for Chairs of World Rugby Disciplinary Committees / Judicial Officers

Key Experience

  1. Chairs of World Rugby Disciplinary Committees / Judicial Officers shall:
    1. be senior legal practitioners of at least seven years standing or serving or retired judges independent of Unions/Associations; and
    2. have demonstrable, proven and recent (i.e. within the last 2 years) judicial experience at adult men’s/women’s international (e.g. Six Nations, Rugby Championship, Regional Competitions) and/or professional club level (e.g. Super Rugby, EPCR, Premiership, Top 14, Pro14, NPC, Currie Cup or equivalent); and
    3. have either: (i) attended and successfully completed in the past 24 months a World Rugby judicial training workshop; or (ii) be scheduled to attend a World Rugby judicial training workshop in the next 12 months (and attend and pass); or (iii) have successfully operated at Tier 1 v Tier 1 and/or in a World Rugby tournament, during the past 2 years; and
    4. have an in-depth recent knowledge of the Laws and skills of the Game and the relevant World Rugby

Key Skills

  1. Chairs of World Rugby Disciplinary Committees / Judicial Officers shall possess the following key skills:
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  2. Further, they shall have and demonstrate the ability to:
    1. Chair meetings and hearings.
    2. Work collaboratively and as part of a team with others.
    3. Reach collegiate decisions.
    4. Inspire respect and confidence.
    5. Maintain authority when challenged.
    6. Work at speed and under pressure.
    7. Organise time efficiently and produce clear reasoned decisions expeditiously.
    8. Engage in training and feedback to retain up-to-date knowledge of the game and foul play issues.
    9. Engage positively with all judicial colleagues and World Rugby employees and volunteers.
  3. Further, international hearings and communications with players, their representatives, Unions and fellow panel members are ordinarily conducted through the English language. In addition, any appeals require a record of the proceedings in English for the Appeal Committee’s consideration. Therefore, Chairs of Disciplinary Committees / Judicial Officers must be able to conduct proceedings in the English language and draft written decisions in the English language. A fluency in another/other World Rugby language/s would be an
  4. Nominees must have the capacity and ability to commit to potential hearing ‘slots’, with sufficient scope for necessary flexibility.
  5. All appointees must engage in the review and feedback of their decisions with the Judicial Panel Chair via the Judicial

Criteria for Chairs of World Rugby Appeal Committees / Appeal Officers

Key Experience

  1. Chairs of World Rugby Appeal Committees / Appeal Officers shall:
    1. be senior legal practitioners of at least ten years standing or serving or retired judges independent of Unions/Associations;
    2. have demonstrable, proven and recent experience (i.e. within the last 2 years) over a period not less than 3 years in first instance and/or appeal of rugby disciplinary proceedings (i.e. as a judicial officer or chair of disciplinary committees and/or appeal officer or chair of appeal committees) at adult men’s/women’s international level (e.g. Six Nations, Rugby Championship, Regional Competitions); and
    3. have an in-depth recent knowledge of the Laws and skills of the Game and the relevant World Rugby Regulations.

Key Skills

  1. Chairs of World Rugby Appeal Committees / Appeal Officers shall possess the following key skills:
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  2. Further they shall have and demonstrate the ability to:
    1. Chair meetings and hearings.
    2. Work collaboratively and as part of a team with others.
    3. Reach collegiate decisions.
    4. Inspire respect and confidence.
    5. Maintain authority when challenged.
    6. Work at speed and under pressure.
    7. Organise time efficiently and produce clear reasoned decisions expeditiously.
    8. Engage in training and feedback to retain up-to-date knowledge of the game and foul play issues.
    9. Engage positively with all judicial colleagues and World Rugby employees and volunteers.
  3. Further, international appeals and communications with Players, their representatives, Unions and fellow Appeal Committee members are ordinarily conducted through the English language. Therefore, Chairs of Appeal Committees / Appeal Officers must be able to conduct proceedings in the English language. Fluency in another/other World Rugby language/s would be an
  4. Nominees must have the capacity and ability to commit to potential hearing ‘slots’, with sufficient scope for necessary flexibility.
  5. All appointees must engage in the review and feedback of their decisions with the Judicial Panel Chair via the Judicial

Criteria for Disciplinary/Appeal Committee Members (ex-players/coaches/ referees)

Key experience

  1. Committee Members shall:
    1. have experience in the modern/professional game (playing, coaching or refereeing) ordinarily within the last 10 years.
    2. be independent of Unions and not involved or intending to become involved in the international/professional game (for example, in an elite coaching/assistant coaching or referee manager/assessor capacity) through until at least Rugby World Cup 2023 to ensure their independence from players who may appear in cases before them throughout the relevant period.
    3. have an in-depth recent knowledge of the Laws and skills of the Game.

Previous experience sitting on hearing panels may be helpful but is not essential.

Key Skills

  1. Committee members shall possess the following key skills:
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  2. Further they shall have and demonstrate the ability to:
    1. Participate in meetings and hearings.
    2. Work collaboratively and as part of a team with others.
    3. Reach collegiate decisions.
    4. Inspire respect and confidence.
    5. Maintain authority when challenged.
    6. Work at speed and under pressure.
    7. Organise time efficiently and contribute to the review of written decisions expeditiously.
    8. Engage in training and feedback to retain up-to-date knowledge of the game and foul play issues.
    9. Engage positively with all judicial colleagues and World Rugby employees and volunteers.
  3. Further, International hearings and communications with players, their representatives, Unions and fellow panel members are ordinarily conducted through the English language. In addition, any appeals require a record of the proceedings in English for the Appeal Committee’s consideration. Therefore, Committee members must be able to read documents (e.g. citing/referee forms/statements and judicial decisions) and participate in proceedings in the English language. A fluency in another/other World Rugby language/s would be an

Time commitment

  1. It is important that former players, coaches and referees considering nomination are made aware of the time commitments required. Committee members will need to be available for potential judicial appointments during international tournaments / tour windows in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Nominees should be made aware that although appointments will be made in advance of each tour/tournament by the Judicial Panel Chair (based on factors including merit, neutrality and logistics), hearings themselves are ordinarily scheduled at short notice so nominees will need to be readily available by telephone/email and have reasonable flexibility with their work/other commitments. Nominees must have the capacity and ability to commit to potential hearing ‘slots’, with sufficient scope for necessary flexibility. Hearings may be conducted in person but often Committee members join remotely using video conference technology. The arrangements in place for a particular tour/tournament will be advised in advance of any potential
  2. Committee members must engage in the review and feedback of their decisions with the Judicial Panel Chair via the Judicial

Disciplinary matters

Judicial and Disciplinary Committee members are required to notify the Judicial Panel Chair immediately in the event that they have been or are the subject of an investigation and/or disciplinary process and/or sanction by a professional or industry body, government or other authority, Club, Rugby Body, Union or Association. In such case the Judicial Panel Chair shall refer the matter to the World Rugby Council.

[1] Note: For the avoidance of doubt, receipt of fees for disciplinary services and/or reimbursement of expenses related exclusively to the provision of such services does not constitute “employment” for the purposes of these Regulations