12.1 A protest against a dog may be made by an entrant/handler, any member of the CKC, or a member of the club or association holding the working certificate test. It must be in writing, on a form provided by the CKC (or facsimile thereof), and be lodged with the Working Certificate Test Committee Chair before the closing of the test. A hearing shall be held prior to the departure of all parties. No protest will be entertained unless accompanied by a deposit. This deposit will be returned if the protest is sustained. If the protest is not sustained, the deposit will be forwarded to the CKC with the Working Certificate Test Committee's report.
12.2 Where the Working Certificate Test Committee consists of more than 5 persons, the president of the test-giving club shall name 5 members of the Working Certificate Test Committee to act on any protest received by the test-giving club.
12.3 Written copies of all decisions on protests must be forwarded immediately to the Discipline Committee of the CKe. The Discipline Committee may take such action as it deems fit in connection with such protest, provided no appeal is submitted to the CKC within 10 days of the date on which the decision of the Working Certificate Test Committee was rendered. Such action may include barring the dog from future CKC approved events, imposition of an administrative fee, and/or cancellation of awards. The fact that the Working Certificate Test Committee did not sustain a protest in no way inhibits the right of the Discipline Committee to take such action as it deems advisable.
12.4 An appeal to the Discipline Committee of the CKC from a decision of the Working Certificate Test Committee where a dog has been protested must be forwarded to the CKC within 10 days of the date on which the decision was rendered, together with a deposit.
12.5 If a test-giving club fails to hear a protest as prescribed above, or in the opinion of the Discipline Committee improperly handles a protest, the Discipline Committee shall have the authority to take such action as it deems fit and necessary, and it may at the same time take disciplinary action against the officials of the test-giving club concerned.