NRL Judiciary Report
|Time Minute of Match
|Base Penalty for Charge
|7 Year Incident free for discount?
||Early Plea - 292 Guilty - 390|
|Prior Similar Offences in last 2 years (50% loading)
|Prior Non-similar Offences in last 2 years (20% loading)
|Carry over points to be added
To ensure consistency and fairness in penalties
awarded by the NRL Judiciary, penalties are
awarded according to a pre-determined points
system. Each 100 points received by a player will
result in a one match suspension. For example, a
penalty of 275 points will result in a player receiving
a two-match suspension, with the remaining 75
points staying on the player's record for 12 calendar
months as 'carry-over points'.
Following the end of each round, clubs and media
are advised of details of charges laid by the Match
Review Committee. Clubs have until noon on the
following day to enter a plea on charges.
If the club and player plead guilty, no judiciary
hearing is necessary. If the player and his club plead
not guilty or ask that the 'grading' of the charge be
downgraded, he will be required to put his case to
Above is an example of the standard judiciary
report sheet that best explains the points system.
Category of the offence. i.e. High Tackle - intentional, reckless or careless.
Charges are graded 1 to 5 with one being the lightest grading and five the most serious. The charge and grading determine the base penalty a player may receive. On rare occasions, the Match Review Committee will not recommend a grading because of the seriousness of an incident. In such instances the charge will be automatically referred to the Judiciary.
3. Base penalty
The scheduled points for this charge not taking into account the time of plea or the player's record (see main table).
4. Seven years incident free
If a player has played grade football for seven years or more and has not been convicted of an offence in the seven years preceding the charge, the player is entitled to a reduction equivalent to 25 per cent of the base penalty.
No loading accompanies the first grade 1 offence subsequent to an incident free period of 7 years
No loading accompanies an offence older than 12 months subsequent to an incident free period of 7 years
5. Demerit points
The points the player will face taking into account his playing record but excluding carry-over points.
If the player enters an early plea to the offence and
accepts the grading, the player is entitled to a reduction
of 25 per cent of the base penalty and also a similar
reduction in any increases due to other previous
offences. A player can enter an early plea up until
midday on the day following the charge.
Alternatively, the player may prefer to have the charge
heard by the panel by either entering a not guilty plea or
a guilty plea but dispute the grading. If found guilty at
the subsequent hearing, the player receives no reduction
unless the panel reduces the grading. If the player
pleads guilty but disputes the grading and the panel
does reduce the grading, the player also receives the
benefit of the early plea discount.
The points normally awarded should the player be found guilty by the judiciary panel.
6a. Prior similar offences
If the player has been convicted of the same or similar
offence in the two-year period immediately preceding
the incident, the player is liable to an increase equivalent
to 50 per cent of the base penalty for each previous
offence. The exception to this rule is Grade
1 offences where the player will only carry the loading for a 12-month period.
6b. Prior non-similar offences
Further, if the player has been previously convicted of
an offence other than the same offence in the two-year
period immediately preceding the incident, the player
is liable to an increase equivalent to 20 per cent of the
base penalty for each previous offence. For the offence
of a Careless High Tackle Grade 1, players only carry this
loading for a 12-month period.
7. Carry-over points
Note when reading the charge sheet, the carry-over
points are always added to the penalty points to
determine the penalty to be served. i.e. John White's early
plea result would be 286 + 62 = 348. A player's carryover
points will be progressively reduced by five points for
each match he competes in without further charge.
8. Send Off
In the event a player is sent from the field for misconduct, the player will receive a discount from any resulting charge for that incident. The player will have one point deducted from the charge for each whole minute of the match he misses due to the send-off.
|Intentional High Tackle
|Reckless High Tackle
|Careless High Tackle
|Dangerous Contact - Head
|Dangerous Contact - Other