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Judiciary and Match Review

The NRL Judiciary Framework assists everyone with a greater understanding of the operating process and general principles which are key to integrity and safety of all participants in our competitions.

There are several key principles that have guided the construction and implementation of the NRL judiciary system.

  • To provide a safe system of work for the protection of all players within the competition.
  • To provide a system that is fair, equitable and consistent for all participant and players.
  • The system is designed for simplicity and uniformity, so that it can be understood by all participants and supporters of our league.
  • All proceedings for on-field misconduct are conducted expeditiously, inexpensively and in compliance with the applicable rules of natural justice.
  • Provide a system of mainly pre-determined penalties and gradings that promote consistency in decision making and allow players to accept a penalty without the requirement of a hearing.
  • Provide players with an opportunity to contest charges in a fair and reasonable process with legal representation.

Key changes to the NRL judiciary system

The ARLC have approved enhancements to the Judiciary and Match Review Committee aimed at making the processes simpler to understand and more consistent for participants.

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How does the system work?

After the NRL Match Review Committee has decided that there is sufficient evidence that a player may have committed an offence under the NRL Judiciary Code, their task is then to ascribe a grading to the charge.

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What are the key elements and indicators of each offence?

There are currently eight different type of offences that can be charged under the NRL Judiciary Code. Each offence has particular elements and indicators which are detailed as part of the NRL Judiciary Code and what actually constitutes an offence.

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Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.