Judging Misconduct (July 1998 Board meeting)
When an alleged incident of misconduct
involving a judge arises at, or in connection with, an AKC event, the following
guidelines should be followed by the Field Staff:
All complaints against a judge at an
event which involve deviation from standard judging procedure and
responsibilities will be reported to the Field Representative and handled
internally by the AKC. (procedures follow)
All complaints against a judge at an event, which involves action allegedly
prejudicial to the sport of purebred dogs and the AKC, will be reported to the
chairperson of the Events Committee to be handled, if deemed appropriate, by the
The AKC office should be informed as soon as possible of any incidents
referred to the Events Committee.
Internal Procedures for the Handling of Complaints
Concerning Judges' Alleged Misconduct
The complaint is investigated by the
Director or head of the applicable department. Working within the
department's normal guidelines additional information is gathered relative
to the complaint and a written notice of the complaint is mailed to the
accused giving ample time for a response.
If the matter requires investigation beyond the ability and resources of the
department, the head of the applicable department will refer the matter to the
President with a request for permission to obtain assistance from outside the
department to do the necessary investigative work.
If the President concurs, direction will be given as to which other
departments or employees are to assist in the investigation process, as well as
the extent of that involvement.
A complete review is conducted to determine if the complaint has been
If the department determines disciplinary action is warranted, the accused
individual is notified in writing of the allegations and recommendation. The
Staff's recommendation (to include a penalty and precedence, if available) is
then presented to the Board for adjudication.
If the Board concurs with the Staff's recommendation, the accused individual
is notified in writing of the Board's action. The accused individual has 30 days
from the date of the Board's letter to file an appeal with the Judging
Operations, Performance or Companion Events Department.
If an appeal is filed, the Director or head of the applicable schedules a
meeting with the Board Review Committee. The accused individual may; 1) attend
in person or via conference call for a 30-minute presentation; 2) make a written
appeal with pertinent additional information. The BRC reviews all material
submitted and may concur with the recommended disciplinary action, amend the
disciplinary action, or may recommend all disciplinary action be overturned. Any
recommendation by the BRC requires the approval of the full Board.
This concludes the appeal process.
The accused individual is notified in
writing of the decision.
Suspension/fine is published in the AKC Gazette.
Judges’ Temporary Referral Policy
(November 2010 Board Meeting)
When an AKC-approved judge is charged by a government entity with cruelty,
inhumane treatment of animals, or similar offense involving inhumane or cruel
treatment of dogs, or charged by a government entity with any crime involving
moral turpitude, especially as it concerns dog-related activities, AKC may
temporarily place the judge on referral, which would have the effect of
temporarily holding the judge’s approval to judge or accept assignments in
abeyance. The purpose of this procedure is to prevent the judge from judging or
from accepting assignments to judge while the charges are pending. If and when
the charges are resolved and AKC’s inquiry into the matter determines that no
action will be taken by the AKC to cause a suspension of judging privileges, the
temporary judging referral will be removed.
Judging Conflict of Interest
(May 2006 Board Meeting, amended Jan 2007)
No AKC judge may have a significant interest in a dog registry or dog
event-governing organization deemed by the AKC Board to be in competition with
The American Kennel Club. Significant interest would include, but not be limited
to ownership of, employment by, a directorship in, and holding office in.
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