The conditions relating to the adjudication of protests shall be:

(a) Immediately after the correct lodgement of a protest, the Referee or the Area Referee or the Sectional Referee (as appropriate for the competition) may either adjudicate on the protest, as provided for in this clause 14.3, or refer the matter directly to the Competition Appeals Committee Convener for consideration.

(b) Where the Referee or the Area Referee or the Sectional Referee considers (in their absolute discretion) that a protest is frivolous, or not of a serious nature, they may choose not to accept the protest.

(c) The assistance of video or other electronic aids may be used to consider protests. However the onus is on the protestor to provide proof of authenticity, and any viewing mechanisms, within 15 minutes of the protest being lodged with the Referee/Area Referee/Sectional Referee (as appropriate).

(d) Where the Referee or the Area Referee or the Sectional Referee accepts the protest, they will adjudicate on the protest in such manner as they see fit having regard to the interests of the competitor making the protest, all other competitors and all officials in the event and also the conduct of the event itself.

(e) Where the Referee or the Area Referee or the Sectional Referee refuses to accept a protest or dismisses a protest, the decision may be appealed by the competitor to the Competition Appeals Committee. Such an appeal must be lodged with the Appeals Committee Convenor in writing within 15 minutes of the Referee or Sectional Referee advising the competitor of their decision.