12. The Jury and Technical Officials

12.1          Appointment: During the World Championships or World Cup, the Executive Committee of IFMA shall appoint a Jury. During the Continental Championship, the Jury shall be appointed by the Executive Committee of Continental Association, or in case there is not a Continental Association, by the Continental Bureau concerned. At each boxing session the Jury shall consist of not less than 3 persons, including the chairman. Three of them shall either be members of the Commission of Refereeing and Judging or used to be in the international list of R/J. No other member of the Jury shall sit at the Jury table during that session.


12.2          Duties: Wherever the electronic judging system is not used, each acting member of the Jury shall record his score of each bout witnessed by him and these scores shall be available for comparison with those of the judges functioning in those bouts.

12.2.1       The Jury shall check the scoring papers of the 5 or 3 judges to ensure that:

(a)          the points are correctly totalled

(b)          the names of the athletes are correctly entered

(c)           a winner is nominated

(d)          the scoring papers are signed before the decision is announced

12.2.2      The chairman of the Jury shall then inform the announcer the name of the athlete awarded the majority of points from the 5 or 3 score sheets.

12.2.3      The Jury members at each session will meet on the following morning to consider the officiating done by the referee & judges on the previous day and will make recommendations to the Executive Committee with regard to any referee or judge whom they consider not to have performed at the required standard on the preceding day. Any referee or judge that performed official duties on the preceding day is required to be available for interview by the Jury.

12.2.4      The Jury members shall inform the Executive Committee of IFMA in writing, about any referee or judge whom in their opinion does not effectively enforce the rules and regulations of IFMA and judge whose scoring of contest they consider unsatisfactory.

12.2.5      The Jury members shall submit to the Executive Committee of IFMA, the Continental Association, or in case there is no Continental Association, the Regional Bureau concerned, any amendment to the panel of referees and judge that they consider necessary.

12.2.6      The Jury members shall bring to the notice of the Executive Committee any referee or judge of the International Panel who, having been nominated to act as such by his association and who, being present at, World Championships or Continental Championships, fails to be available for such duties without previously notifying the IFMA General Secretary of his absence and giving adequate reasons.

12.2.7      If an official appointed for a contest is absent, the Jury may appoint from the roll of approved officials a suitable member to replace the absent member, reporting this change to the Executive Committee or Continental Bureau concerned as soon as it may be possible.

12.2.8      If circumstances should arise which would prevent the holding of a contest under proper conditions and if a referee should take no efficient action concerning the situation, the Jury may order the competition to cease until it may be satisfactorily resumed.

12.2.9      The Jury, may also take any immediate action they consider necessary to deal with circumstances which would prevent proper conduct of competition at any session.

12.2.10   The acting Jury will consult the commission of refereeing and judging with regards to any decisions or recommendations they may be required to take.

12.2.11   Should an athlete commit a serious and deliberate offense that is contrary to the spirit of sportsmanship, the Jury has the right to recommend the Executive Committee to declare him/her ineligible for competition for a specific period of time. The Executive Committee or Continental Bureau may deprive him/her of a medal or prize already won in that competition.

12.2.12   Overruling the Referee and/or Judges: Decisions of a referee and/or judge may be overruled by the Jury in the following ways:

(a)    When the referee has given a decision which is clear it against the Articles and Rules of IFMA (when considering such an incident, the Jury may use a videotape recorder or any other electronic piece of equipment/recording device etc.)

(b)   When it is obvious that the judges have a made a mistake on their score sheets which results in a wrong verdict.


12.3     Protests: A protest can be lodged by an authroised manager of an athlete within thirty (30) minutes after the decision has been announced. As for the final, the protest must be lodged within five (5) minutes. After the decision is announced, the protest shall be made in writing and handed to the Chairman of the Jury, along with a protest fee of $500 USD. If the Jury agrees to review, necessary action may be taken on the matter. If the protest is upheld, the money will be refunded with a deduction of $100 USD for administration. If the decision is upheld, the protest fee will not be refunded and will remain with IFMA or the Continental Bureau. A protest against a referee may only be made in terms of unfair play.


12.4     Conflict of Interest: Members of the Jury officiating at the World Championships, World Cup Competitions and Continental Championships shall not officiate as referees and judges at those Games or Championships.


12.5     Neutrality: The members of the Jury at international tournaments shall come from different countries.