Where a dispute is not an anti-doping proceeding or an appeal proceeding, the dispute may still be able to be referred to the Sports Tribunal.
However, before the Tribunal can hear such a dispute:
- All parties to the dispute have to agree in writing to refer the dispute to the Tribunal.
- The dispute has to be “sports-related” (if there is an issue over whether a dispute is “sports-related”, the Tribunal will decide).
- The Tribunal must agree to hear the dispute.
Steps in sports-related disputes proceedings
- The parties to the dispute file with the Tribunal:
- an Application for Resolution of Sports Related Disputes (Form 9)
- a signed agreement to refer the dispute to the Tribunal (this can be attached to the Form 9 application or incorporated into the Form 9 application document) and
- filing fees (each party pays $250).
- The Tribunal has discretion over whether it will hear such disputes and may require further information. The Tribunal decides whether it will hear the dispute.
- The Registrar advises that proceedings have been commenced.
- The Tribunal holds a pre-hearing conference to discuss what needs to be done to resolve the dispute and what steps need to be taken up to the hearing (if a hearing is required).
- The Tribunal decides the dispute either with or without a hearing but in accordance with the principles of natural justice.