Judges

Working Certificate Test Rules and Regulation (2014)

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3.1 Application for Approval of Judges (Table of Contents)

3.1.1 After a club has been granted permission to hold a working certificate test, the club must submit the Judging Panel Application. The application must be submitted so as to be received not less than 120 days prior to the date of the test. The application must include the names and addresses of the persons selected to judge, as well as the testes) assigned to each judge.

3.1.2 When the Judging Panel Application reaches the CKC less than 120 days prior to the test, an administrative fee as set by the Board will be assessed against the club.

3.1.3 The Board shall have the authority to prescribe from time to time the requirements for eligibility to judge one or more test levels at a working certificate test. It shall also have the authority to prescribe procedures in order to determine and/or test the qualifications of a person seeking to establish eligibility to judge one or more tests. It may prescribe regulations by which a person may be removed from the list of persons eligible for approval to judge at a working certificate test.

3.1.4 If the CKC is not prepared to approve a person selected as a judge, or is not prepared to approve the entire assignment for which a person has been selected as a judge, the club must, within 2 weeks thereafter, select and submit to the CKC, the name(s) of an alternateperson to judge the test or tests for assignments not previously approved by the CKC.

3.1.5 If it is necessary to obtain a substitute judge, the test committee shall attempt to obtain one of equal qualification and the CKC must be notified of the change and the reasons. Any entrant may withdraw his entries when advised of the substitute judge provided it is done in writing before the running of the first test. The entrant shall receive a refund of entry fees.

3.1.6 Once a panel of judges has been approved by the CKC, no change will be permitted except when necessary (i.e. due to death or illness) and with CKC permission. If a judging change is necessary the test- giving club will inform the CKC and submit for approval the name of a qualified replacement judge.

3.2 Judges' Qualifications. (Table of Contents)

3.2.1 There shall be 2 judges officiating at all tests. Both judges must be fully conversant with the WC/WCI/WCX rules and have been actively involved with Retriever Field Trials, Hunt Tests for Retrievers or WC/WCI/WCX tests within 5 years as a judge, competitor, or member of the test committee of a test-giving club. Once a judge is qualified to carry a WC or WCI or WCX test, he will remain qualified to carry such test as long as he is actively involved and continues to meet all of the requirements as set out in the CKC policy in this regard.

3.2.1 To judge a WC, one judge must have judged at 5 tests of which 2 or more must have been WCI or WCX; or must be qualified Junior Field Trial judge, or a qualified Junior Hunt Test judge, or higher, at CKC approved events.

3.2,3 To judge a WC, one judge must have judged at 5 tests of which 2 or more must have been WCI or WCX; or must be a qualified Junior Field Trial judge, or a qualified Junior Hunt Test judge, or higher, at CKC approved events.

3.2.3 To judge a WCX one judge must have judged at 5 tests, or must be a qualified Qualifying judge or qualified Master Hunt Test judge, or higher at CKC approved events. The second judge must have judged at least one WCI or Qualifying stake or Senior Hunt Test stake, or higher at CKC approved events.

3.2.1 There shall be 2 judges officiating at all tests. Both judges must be fully conversant with the WC/WCI/WCX rules and have been actively involved with Retriever Field Trials, Hunt Tests for Retrievers or WC/WCI/WCX tests within 5 years as a judge, competitor, or member of the test committee of a test-giving club. Once a judge is qualified to carry a WC or WCI or WCX test, he will remain qualified to carry such test as long as he is actively involved and continues to meet all of the requirements as set out in the CKC policy in this regard.

3.2.2 To judge a WC, one judge must have judged at 5 tests of which 2 or more must have been WCI or WCX; or must be a qualified Junior Field Trial judge, or a qualified Junior Hunt Test judge, or higher, at CKC approved events.

3.2.3 To judge a WCI one judge must have judged at 5 tests of which 2 or more must have been a WCX; or must be a qualified Qualifying Field Trial judge or qualified Senior Hunt Test judge, at CKC approved events. The second judge must have judged at least one WC, Junior Hunt Test stake, or Junior Field Trial stake, or higher, at CKC approved events.

3.2.4 To judge a WCX one judge must have judged at 5 WCX tests, or must be a qualified Qualifying Field Trial judge or qualified Senior Hunt Test judge, or higher at CKC approved events. The second judge must have judged at least one WCI or Qualifying stake or Senior Hunt Test stake, or higher at CKC approved events.

3.3 Judges' Authority (Table of Contents)

3.3.1 Whenever a handler is expelled from a test or from participation at a working certificate test for unsportsmanlike conduct, the dog that he is handling may continue participating with another handler.

3.3.2 Judges shall have the authority to expel from the test any dog which does not obey its handler and any handler who interferes willfully with another handler or his dog. No dog shall be given a pass in a working certificate test, except a test which has been discontinued.

3.3.3 Judges shall have the authority to disqualify any dog which does not appear within 15 minutes of the time designated for its turn to be tested , and excludes any dog which the judges may consider unfit to participate. The entry fees of all such dogs shall be forfeited.

3.4 Protocol Judge (Table of Contents)

3.4.1 No-show or cancellation by a judge; Any judge who cannot honour his commitment to judge must notify the test giving club in writing stating the reason for his withdrawal.

3.4.2 A dog is not eligible to be entered in any working test if the judge of that test or any member of his immediate family has owned, sold, held under lease, trained or handled the dog within 2 months prior to the starting date of the test.

3.4.3 The judge's decision shall be final in all cases affecting the merits of the dog's working ability. Full discretionary power is given to the judge to withhold any or all awards for lack of merit.

3.5 Substitute Judge (Table of Contents)

3.5.1 Any person in good standing with the CKC may be used as a substitute judge in an emergency. The substitute judge shall judge the test as originally approved by the CKC. Whenever possible , the CKC requirements for combined experience for the test should be met. The test secretary will notify the CKC in writing of the particulars of the substitute judge(s) officiating as soon as possible and in any event no later than when reporting the results of the test.

3.6 Indignities to a Judge (Table of Contents)

3.6.1 A judge officiating at a test held under these rules shall not be subjugated to any indignities of any kind during the progress of the test. It shall be the duty and obligation of the club holding the test to see the this rule is effectively carried out.

3.7 Judge's conduct (Table of Contents)

3.7.1 A judge must conduct himself in a manner that is fair and not predudicial to the sport.

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