The British Horseracing Authority is seeking individuals to join British Racing’s independent Judicial Panel. The Judicial Panel is established by the BHA as the pool of individuals from which Disciplinary Panels, Licensing Committees and Appeal Boards are drawn by the Judicial Panel Chair, Sarah Crowther KC, to hear all cases or appeals referred to it in connection with the Rules of Racing. This includes, but is not limited to, racecourse appeals, integrity, safeguarding, conduct, welfare, licensing, and anti-doping matters.
The Judicial Panel Chair wishes to appoint members to the following pools:
1. Legal Panel Chair Pool (approximately 6 members) - Professionally qualified barristers or solicitors with suitable and appropriate experience of judicial or quasi-judicial panels. These members shall chair cases referred to the Disciplinary Panel or Licensing Committee and may act as a lay member of the Appeal Board, as necessary.
2. Specialist Panel Member Pool (approximately 15 members) - Individuals appointed to provide additional knowledge, experience, and expertise in specialist fields relevant to the cases referred to the Judicial Panel. Two Specialist Panel Members sit alongside the Legal Panel Chair or Appeal Board Chair to hear cases or appeals as part of a three-person panel. Applications are welcomed and encouraged from individuals whose experience covers any of the following areas:
a. Practical racing experience e.g., jockeys, trainers, owners, racing staff, stewards and other raceday officials. Jockeys, stewards and other raceday officials must be retired from these positions. Other current participants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
b. Equine (e.g., veterinary surgeons, equine welfare experts, pharmacologists)
c. Safeguarding (e.g., safeguarding practitioners from other sports, social care workers, police)
d. Sports betting
e. Finance (e.g., accountants)
3. Appeal Board Chair Pool (approximately 3 members) - Members or former members of the judiciary, a King’s Counsel or a junior barrister or solicitor of more than ten years’ standing who have current experience (at the time of their appointment and reappointment) sitting as a chair of a judicial or quasi-judicial tribunal, to chair cases referred to the Appeal Board only.
To view the key responsibilities and to find out how to apply please click here.
The closing date for applications is 21 May 2023.