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FEBRUARY 2018 THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE CAT FANCY BYELAWS
REVISION 13 - FEBRUARY 2018 Page 2 Printed 26 February 2018 The following document was based on the original constitution of The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and approved by the Council on 23rd February 1972. This was revised in line with the change in status to a Company Limited by Guarantee in March 2011. The use of the terms Board of Directors & Member Clubs where unified through the document following Council agreement to the change to the Member Clubs requirements on 27 June 2012.
1.NAME
The company is The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (hereinafter referred to as 'the` Council').
2. OBJECTS
The objects of the Council shall be to protect the welfare of cats and the interest of cat owners generally, to improve cat breeding, to provide for the registration of cats and cat pedigrees, to classify cat breeds, to approve cat shows, to exercise disciplinary powers and to procure to be written and printed, published, issued and circulated gratuitously or otherwise any such reports or periodicals, books, pamphlets, leaflets or other documents as may be determined by the Council.
3. MEMBERSHIP
Eligible Members of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Ltd shall be the clubs and societies affiliated to GCCF at the time of its incorporation, who made a membership application to the company; and those clubs and societies who have satisfied the requirements for membership subsequently, and been approved by Council. Members shall be entitled to appoint representatives (hereinafter called the delegates) to speak and vote on their behalf at General Meetings of the Company (hereinafter called Council Meetings). The National Cat Club shall be entitled to appoint FOUR delegates. Each other Member Club shall be entitled to appoint one delegate provided it maintains a minimum of 100 members with the exception of Breed Clubs who must maintain a minimum of 50 members; an additional delegate if its membership exceeds 200 members and a further delegate if its membership attains 500 or more. The Council shall grant representation to the following Clubs by virtue of their historical association whatever their membership shall be:- (Amended 27.06.12/effective 27.06.12)
1. Black and White Cat Club
2. Blue Persian Cat Society
3. Chinchilla, Silver Tabby and Smoke Cat Society
4. The Red, Cream, Tortoiseshell, Tortoiseshell and White, Blue Cream and Brown Tabby Society
5. Short-Hair Cat Society (of Great Britain and Manx Club inc.)
6. Abyssinian Cat Club
7. Siamese Cat Club
Note: Council may grant dispensation to clubs whose membership numbers fall below those required and allow any club to continue to be represented. Applications for dispensation must be made to the Board with each Annual Return and shall be put to the Electoral Council Meeting by the Chairman.
4. REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP
No Club may be a Member of both the GCCF and any other organisation whose activities include the registration and/or licensing or holding of shows for pedigree cats. To be eligible for full membership a Club, Association or Society (hereinafter called a Club) must:
1. have at least 50 paid up ordinary and life members as verified by the club's last examined accounts, and,
2. in its Rules provide that in the event of Membership being granted, the Council shall have disciplinary powers according to its Bye-Laws over the Club and the members thereof, and,
3. have been in existence for a minimum of 3 years, and,
4. have provided three (3) years of Annual Returns to the GCCF in accordance with Byelaw 5 clauses 3a) to 3c). and,
5. Have completed the application form. If these requirements are fulfilled to the satisfaction of the GCCF Board it will recommend Membership to Council at the next meeting.
The Board shall, at its sole discretion, confirm the designation of the club as a:
a. Breed Club,
b. Area Club or,
c. Special Interest Club specified.
The Board shall present the application to Council who may, at its discretion, grant Membership to the applicant Club. Once Membership is confirmed, the Club may send a delegate to participate in the next Council Meeting. Prior to Membership, Clubs may send a representative to Council Meetings to observe.
If requirements 1 and 2 are met, but not 3 and 4, the club may apply for Provisional Membership. Having completed an application form for Provisional Membership the application will be processed by the Board and Council in the same manner as Full Membership applications.
Provisional Member clubs are not eligible to send a delegate to Council Meetings but are welcome to attend as observers.
The duties of Member Clubs (Byelaw 5) apply to Provisional Member Clubs with the exception of those pertaining to delegates. (Amended 27.06.12/effective 27.06.12)
5 DUTIES OF MEMBER CLUBS
(1) Before the first day of May each year, a Member Club shall remit to the Council Office a membership fee on a per capita basis of membership at a rate from time to time in force. In addition, the Member Clubs shall be required to pay a fee at a rate from time to time in force for each appointed delegate. (Amended 18.2.04)
(2) If it is so entitled, it may elect a delegate or delegates to represent the Member Club at Council Meetings. Except in the first year of representation, delegates shall be elected by postal ballot of all members of the Club or at the Annual General Meeting of the Member Club and shall serve one year but shall be eligible for re-election subject to the Rules of the Member Club concerned. A Member Club with one delegate may elect and nominate to the Council a substitute delegate, and a Club with two or more delegates may elect and nominate to the Council a maximum of two substitute delegates. A substitute delegate of a Member Club may attend Council Meetings in the unavoidable absence of an elected delegate of that Club. Paperwork shall be supplied by the Council Office only to the nominated delegates and it is the responsibility of the Club to forward paperwork to substitute delegates if required. If any delegate should die or resign, or otherwise vacate his/her seat at Council Meetings the Club concerned shall be entitled to elect or appoint, in such manner as the Club decides, another delegate to fill the vacancy so caused. (Amended 22.6.05/effective 1.1.06) A delegate so elected or appointed shall hold office until the next Electoral meeting. The rules of all Member Clubs shall include a rule requiring that any member (including life and honorary members) suspended under Article 12 of the Constitution and wishing to rejoin after expiration of the suspension, must apply for re-election to the Club Committee.
(3) Every Member Club shall send to the Council Office before the 1st May in any year:-
(a) A copy of the accounts of the Club which have been examined and signed by a suitable independent person for the previous year in the form of an Income and Expenditure Account with a supporting Balance Sheet, including an analysis of the subscription income and a statement of paid up members including life members. There should be a note to state when, and in what form (paper and/or electronic), the club and show accounts will be made available to the club membership. Failure to publish could result in disciplinary action. (Amended 15.06.16)
(Note: 'Previous year' in this context means the Club financial year completed prior to 1st May.) (Amended 18.2.04) 
(b) The names of the Officers and Members of the Committee of the Club for the current year, none of whom may be an officer or committee member of any non-member organisation whose activities include the registration and/or licensing or holding of shows for pedigree cats, without the prior consent of the Board.(Amended 23.2.00; 20.6.01)
(c) An up-to-date copy of the Club's Rules or if no alterations have been made since the last return, a statement to this effect.
(d) The name of the Club's delegate or delegates and any substitute delegate or delegates for the next Council year which shall run from 1st June each year. Amended 22.6.05/effective 1.1.06)
*If any Member Club without due reason acceptable to the Council fails to comply with this subparagraph the Club shall not send a delegate or delegates to the Council during the following year. Member Clubs who have a problem completing the return for any reason should inform the Board in writing prior to May 1st for assistance. Those that do not and have to be contacted in order to obtain all or part of the listed paperwork will be charged an administrative fee. (Amended 24.02.2016)
(4) Every Member Club shall comply with the requirements of the Articles of Association and the Rules and Byelaws; any failure to do so shall make the offending Club liable under the Council's Disciplinary powers to all or any of the appropriate penalties provided for in Bye-Law12(2). (Amended 18.2.04)
6 DUTIES OF DELEGATES
Subject to Bye-Law 12(4) the only official publication of the deliberations and decisions of the Council shall be that issued by the Council Office with the approval of the Chairman.
A Delegate may be a Delegate of only one Member Club at a time.
A Delegate may not be an officer or committee member of any unaffiliated/non-member organisation whose activities include the registration and/or licensing or holding of shows for pedigree cats, without the prior consent of the Board of Directors. (Amended 23.02.00, 20.06.01,18.02.04).
7 POWERS OF THE COUNCIL
The Honorary Officers of Council shall itself or through its Committees properly appointed have the following powers in addition to all other powers vested in it by the Articles of Association, Company Law or by these Byelaws:-
(1) To deal with the property belonging to and vested in the Council together with the finances of the Council, including full power to mortgage charge or use the property of the Council as a security for the purposes of obtaining any loan or mortgage which the Council shall from time to time authorise.
(2) To make and amend Rules for the Registration and Exhibition of cats.
(3) To grant licences for Shows and Exhibitions of cats to be held under the auspices of the Council and to charge such fees therefore as the Council may from time to time decide.
(4) To make such awards at such Shows and Exhibitions as it shall deem fit.
(5) To keep a register of the pedigrees of cats and kittens.
(6) To issue certificates of pedigrees of cats and kittens in its register.
(7) To issue a Stud Book whenever necessary as ordered by the Council.
(8) Upon the motion of the Board of Directors to recognise breeds of cats and allot breed identification names and numbers for registration and show purposes and to approve standards of points by which the various breeds shall be judged.
(9) To appoint such Committees in addition to those detailed in Bye-Law 11 as it thinks fit and to delegate thereto such powers as it considers proper, subject to the provisions of these Byelaws.
(10) To exercise disciplinary powers in accordance with these Byelaws.
(11) To disaffiliate any Club not conforming to Articles of Association, Byelaws or to any Rule made by the Council.
(12) To engage a Solicitor or Solicitors or other person or persons of specialist knowledge, honorary or otherwise.
(13) To issue to the Press such information and/or notices as it may deem desirable.
(14) To require any Member Club to amend any of its rules if in the opinion of the Council this is necessary in the interests of the Fancy or its objects.
(15) To appoint judges on the recommendation of the Breed Advisory Committee for the relevant Judges list or the Council Committee of Judges. In the case of a new breed, prior to the formation of a BAC, recommendations for the Judges list will be considered from a representative group of breeders. The list of appointments to Pupil Judge, and promotions to Full Judge, will be published on the GCCF website on a weekly basis to include the following information: the BAC making the recommendation, the judges name and list status (Full Judge or Pupil Judge). During the four weeks following each publication a delegate to Council may contact the GCCF Office with an objection to any appointment, and bring this objection to the next meeting of Full Council so that it can be considered. If no objection is received, at the end of four weeks it shall be deemed that the appointment is confirmed, and the judge and BAC shall be informed of this. Any names outstanding at the time of a Council meeting shall be included on the Council supplementary agenda. (Amended 17.06.2015, 23.2.00, 20.6.01, 20.02.02)
(16) To remove a Judge from the list of Judges on a proper cause being shown by the relevant Breed Advisory Committee.
(17) To arrange for the hearing by the Appeals Committee of any appeal against a decision of the Disciplinary Committee.
(18) To set up a committee of judges to consider the recommendation of candidates to Council for appointment as judges at the request of the Disciplinary Committee.
8 OFFICERS AND OFFICIALS OF COUNCIL
Original 1 relating to Trustees deleted
(1) (a) The Honorary Officers of the Council shall be a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and such other Honorary Officers (including a President and up to four Vice-Presidents) as the Council may from time to time decide. With the exclusion of the President and Vice-Presidents, the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and such other honorary officers as Council may decide shall be eligible to be directors and shall be known collectively as the Board of Directors (also referred to as the Executive Committee).
(b) The President and Vice Presidents shall hold office until death or resignation unless removed from office by a resolution of Council.
(c) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected from amongst the delegates or Honorary Officers. On election as Chairman or Vice-Chairman a delegate shall cease to be a delegate. (Amended 26.02.2014)
(d) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected for a term of three years by a paper ballot. Should there be more than two candidates for the office of Chairman or Vice Chairman a primary ballot shall be held to reduce the number of candidates to the two gaining the greatest number of votes and the final ballot shall be between these two persons. (Amended 26.02.2014)
(e) The Chairman shall not be entitled to vote except where the votes for or against a proposal are equal when he shall have one vote. The Vice-Chairman shall have one vote unless acting as Chairman, in which case he or she shall not be entitled to vote except where the votes for or against a proposal are equal when he shall have one vote.
(f) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman may resign their term of office at any time and a new election held at the next AGM or under the requirements of a request for an SGM. The new appointment(s) will be for a term of three years. Neither the Chairman nor the Vice-Chairman shall be eligible for re-election if this would result in their remaining in the same office for more than three consecutive years. At the completion of their term of office the chairman and the vice-chairman, if not elected chairman, shall be eligible to remain as an independent delegate for one further year with full voting and electoral rights without having to be a delegate for a member club. (Amended 26.02.2014)
(g) If the office of Treasurer, if one is appointed, shall at any time become vacant, the accounts of the Council shall be examined immediately. (Amended 1.6.02, 18.2.04; 22.6.05, 26.10.11)
(2)
(a) The Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman together with one or more members of the Board of Directors may appoint a Manager of the Council Office and a Treasurer, whose responsibilities, remuneration, if applicable, and conditions of service shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The Manager of the Council Office, with the approval of the Chairman on behalf of the Board of Directors, may appoint other office staff.
(b) An officer of Council may not be an officer, committee member, official, judge, show manager or functionary of any unaffiliated organisation in the United Kingdom whose activities include the registration and/or licensing or holding of shows for pedigree cats, without the prior consent of the Board of Directors.

9 MEETINGS OF COUNCIL
(1) The Council shall meet three times a year or more often if required. The Annual General Meeting shall be held in June each year in London and shall be called the Electoral Meeting. One meeting each year may be held outside London if it is the wish of the majority of the delegates. All dates to be fixed by the Chairman. The Chairman shall have powers to direct that a meeting of any Council committee or sub-committee take place within one month. An additional meeting shall be called whenever the number of agenda items outstanding reaches more than six. (Amended 18.2.04)
(2) Business to be transacted at the Electoral meeting shall include:-
(a) Receipt of the reports of Committees and a statement of audited accounts relative to the preceding year.
(b) Election of the Honorary Officers.
(c) Election of the Standing Committees hereinafter mentioned, with the exception of the Appeals Committee which may be elected at the meeting following the Electoral Meeting. (Amended 21.10.2015)
(d) Appointment of the Auditor or Auditors for the ensuing year.
(e) Any other business specified in the notice convening the meeting or accepted by the Chairman as an Emergency.
(3) Special Meetings of the Council shall be convened by the Council Office on a request in writing made by the Chairman or by not less than 15 delegates; such request shall state the business for which the meeting is convened, and no other business shall be transacted at the meeting. (Amended 18.2.04)
(4) At least twenty-eight days notice in writing shall be given by the Council Office to the Honorary Officers and to all delegates of all Council Meetings and of the business to be transacted thereat, but in the case of Special Meetings called under this Bye-Law fourteen days notice only shall be required. This business shall include any proposed substantive amendments (those requiring more than one sentence of addition and/or deletion) to the minutes of the previous Council meeting, or any query on meeting procedure, for the consideration of all who attended. (Amended 18.02.2004, 21.02.2018)
10 PROCEDURE AT COUNCIL MEETINGS
(1) The quorum at Council Meetings shall be thirty including Officers.
(2) At all Council Meetings, resolutions shall be decided by a simple majority except in cases where a particular majority is required by the Articles of Association and/or Rule and Byelaws. THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE CAT FANCY - BYELAWS REVISION 13 - FEBRUARY 2018 Page 7 Printed 26 February 2018
(3) Any Resolution put to the vote at any meeting shall be decided by a show of hands of those present and voting, unless a poll, taking the form of a paper ballot is demanded by not fewer than six delegates or called for by the Chairman in which case the same shall be taken at such time and in such manner as the Chairman may direct. The Chairman's declaration that a resolution submitted to a show of hands or on a poll has been carried or lost shall be conclusive evidence of that fact. Scrutinisers shall be appointed by the Chairman.
(4) Minutes shall be taken at all Council Meetings, and shall be circulated to the delegates.
(5) Subject to the Articles of Association, Company Law and the Rules and Byelaws, the Chairman's decision on the conduct of business at all meetings shall be final.
11 STANDING COMMITTEES
The following Standing Committees shall be set up and shall be responsible to the Council. They shall meet as directed and Minutes shall be kept of all meetings.
(1) Board of Directors
(a) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman ex-officio, Treasurer and one or more representatives from the Council Office ex-officio together with fifteen delegates elected by the Council at its Electoral Meeting. Board members shall be elected for a three year term, with one third of their number required to stand for re-election or retire each year. The Board shall meet six times a year or more often if required. The meetings shall be held at places to be decided by the Board of Directors. Nine members (including the Chairman and Vice Chairman but excluding the Treasurer and representatives from the GCCF Office) shall constitute a quorum. The Treasurer and GCCF Office representatives shall have no vote.
Notes:
1. Any reserve who takes the place of a Board member no longer able to continue to serve for any reason will complete the full term of that member before needing to stand for election.
2. If one or more Board members retire prior to election, without the full term completed, the first five in any election will serve for three years, and any additional members required to complete the Board will serve the term of those they are replacing, with the higher number of votes polled determining the greater length of service if necessary.
3. If any Board member should cease to be a delegate during the course of he elected period then their Board position will be vacant at the next Electoral meeting. However it is not necessary to represent the same club throughout the term of Directorship. (Amended 18.2.04; 22.6.05, 14.06.2017)
(b) It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to take executive action on matters which arise in connection with the day to day working of the Council. In all its actions and decisions it shall conform with the Articles of Association and the Rules and Byelaws and shall be governed by the general policies laid down by the Council.
(c) If it considers it necessary or desirable to do so it may refer any matter to the Council for decision. The Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors shall be circulated to the Council delegates for information. Since they are records of the proceedings of the Board of Directors they will not be subject to confirmation by the Council, and the Council may rescind, alter or amend any decisions made by the Board of Directors only if it is shown to the satisfaction of the Chairman that these have been taken contrary to the provisions of Articles of Association and/or the Rules and Byelaws or contrary to policies laid down by the Council and a resolution to rescind has been duly proposed and seconded and passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting
(d) The following, amongst others, are matters which shall be dealt with by the Board of Directors, subject to the provisions above for reference to the Council:-
(i) Correspondence
(ii) Day to day control of the finances of the Council
(iii) Interpretation of and disputes arising from the Rules referred to in Byelaw 7(2) for the registration and exhibition of cats
(iv) Show matters including the granting of Show dates
(v) Any matters connected with the annual returns of Member Clubs including power to suspend any Club which fails to supply annual returns by the required date, until the necessary information has been received.
(vi) Preliminary examination of applications for breed or variety recognition, prior to submission to the Council. In this matter, the Board of Directors may seek the views of the Genetics Committee.
(vii) To appoint the staff of the Council Office and any other paid Officials of the Council (Amended 18.2.04)
(viii) To select Appeals Committees, as required, from the Council List of Judges). (Amended 22.6.05)
(ix) To arrange co-ordination of welfare and rescue services
(x) Setting of Byelaws and Rules with the exception of those relating to showing and registration.
(2) Board of Management
(if appointed) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman ex officio, the Treasurer (if appointed) and three members elected by the Council at its Electoral Meeting and one or more representatives from the Council Office ex-officio. Three voting members shall constitute a quorum. The Council Office representatives shall have no vote and the Chairman shall not be entitled to vote except where the votes for and against a proposal are equal when he shall have one vote. The Board of Management shall have responsibility for the income and expenditure policy of the Council.
(3) Finance Committee
The Chairman and Vice-Chairman ex officio, Treasurer and one or more representatives from the GCCF Office ex-officio and five delegates elected by the Council at its Electoral Meeting. Four members (including the Chairman and Vice-Chairman but excluding the Treasurer and representatives from the GCCF Office) shall constitute a quorum. The Treasurer and GCCF Office representatives shall have no vote. The Finance Committee shall administer the income and expenditure policy of the Council. (Amended 18.2.04; 22.6.05)
(4) Disciplinary Committee
Six suitably qualified/experienced people (bound by GCCF rules) elected by Council at its Electoral Meeting, who are not GCCF Officers, or Board, Investigation or Appeals committee members. The Committee shall elect its own Chairman and shall meet as required and deliver its findings to Council. Three committee members shall form a quorum. If an impartial quorum cannot be formed from among the elected committee members the Chairman shall have the power to appoint to the committee suitably qualified and experienced non-GCCF people to hear that particular case. Committee members shall be elected for a 3 year term with one third of their number retiring each year. (Amended 18.02.2015) A Barrister or Solicitor appointed by the Council may be present at meetings to advise in matters of breaches of the Articles of Association, Byelaws or Rules or matters within Clause 12 (where admitted) the Committee may issue an advising letter to the persons or Member Club concerned subject to the right of any Member Club or person concerned to have (on demand being made within 14 days of the letter being issued) a formal hearing as provided by Clause 12 paragraph (13) of the Rules and Byelaws.
(5) Investigation Committee
This Committee shall consist of six suitably qualified/experienced people (bound by GCCF rules), not GCCF Officers, nor members of the Disciplinary, or Appeals Committee as hereinafter constituted, elected by the Council at its Electoral Meeting. Two members only may also be GCCF Board Members. Four members shall be a quorum to examine any complaint, and meetings may be actual or electronic. Committee members shall be elected for a 3 year term with one third of their number retiring each year. (Amended 18.02.2015)
(6) Appeals Committee
This Committee shall consist of six suitably qualified/experienced people (bound by GCCF rules), not GCCF Officers, nor members of the GCCF Board, Investigations or Disciplinary Committees. Appeals against the decisions of the Disciplinary Committee shall be decided by a simple majority. The Committee shall elect its own Chairman. Three members shall constitute a quorum. If an impartial quorum cannot be formed from among the elected committee members the Chairman shall have the power to appoint to the committee suitably qualified and experienced non-GCCF people to hear that particular case. Committee members shall be elected for a 3 year term with one third of their number retiring each year. (Amended 18.02.2015) The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final. The Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee (or member of that Committee appointed by him) shall be present at all hearings of the Appeals Committee but shall not speak (unless asked so to do) and shall not vote. If so required, the Disciplinary Committee shall give in writing its findings as to the facts of any complaint heard by it. Such findings shall be presented to the Appeals Committee by the Chairman of Disciplinary Committee or another member of the Disciplinary Committee nominated by the said Chairman.
In addition to hearing appeals against the judgement of the Disciplinary Committee, the Appeals Committee shall have the power to act as Arbitrator in disputes between individuals and/or organisations within the Fancy, and shall also be empowered to hear and adjudicate upon Appeals lodged under any permitted section of the Show Rules, its jurisdiction being limited only by the constitutional powers of the Council within the limits of which the decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final and shall be binding upon all the parties concerned. (Amended 26.06.13)
(7) Genetics Committee
Seven members appointed by the Board of Directors, and one invited member of the Veterinary Advisory Committee. Any five members shall constitute a quorum. The Council shall seek the advice of the Genetics Committee in all cases where application is made to the Council to give recognition to a new breed or variety. The Committee shall appoint its own Chairman and Secretary and meet as required and report its findings to the Board. It will operate under the terms of reference formulated by the Board of Directors, which may be revised by the Board when necessary.
(8) Veterinary Advisory Committee
Ten members, including the Veterinary Officer(s), appointed by the Board of Directors. Three Veterinary Surgeons and one GC or Board member shall constitute a quorum. The Veterinary Committee shall advise the Council on any matter relating to the health and welfare of cats. The Committee shall appoint its own Chairman and Secretary, normally meet once a year and report its findings to the Board. It will operate under the terms of reference formulated by the Board of Directors, which may be revised by the Board when necessary. (Amended 26.06.13)
(9) Substitute Committee Members
Two members of the Council shall be elected by Council as appropriate to each of its Committees as Substitute Members to fill vacancies arising from any cause whatsoever. In the case of the Disciplinary and Appeals Committees 'vacancies' shall include absence from any meeting as the case may be.
(10) Council Committee of Judges
The Council Committee of Judges shall consist of 9 members, all of whom shall be Full Council judges of at least 3 years standing; the quorum shall be 7 members. The 9 Committee members shall be selected when required from the list of Council Judges by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall select 2 substitute committee members to attend in the case of absences. The nominees may not be members of the Investigation, Disciplinary or Appeals Committees of the Council. (Amended 23.6.04)
(11) Election procedure for the Disciplinary Committee, the Investigation Committee and the Appeals Committee. (The Disciplinary Committees )
Applications to serve on any of The Disciplinary Committees must be received by April 30th . The details necessary to make an application will be published on the GCCF web-site and the names of all applicants together with their applications will be published with the agenda of the Electoral Meeting.
Members of all the Disciplinary Committees will be required to sign a code of conduct. If factual evidence is laid before the Board of Directors that a members competence or behaviour makes them unsuitable to serve on the relevant committee then the Board may recommend to Council that the member is replaced by the first reserve. At all stages the individual will be given the right to make representations in their defence. (Added 18.02.2015)
12 DISCIPLINARY POWERS
(1) Any Member Club, any Breed Advisory Committee or any person who is or was, at any time, bound by Byelaws or any Rule made by the Council thereunder shall be liable to disciplinary action in accordance with the Bye-Law whether or not in the case of an Member Club it was affiliated or in the case of a person he was so bound at the time of the occurrence giving rise to the liability to disciplinary action. Liability to disciplinary action will arise in respect of any of the following:
(a) Any breach of Byelaws or of any of the Rules made by the Council thereunder and any breach of the Rules of any Member Club or Member Clubs to which such person belongs.
(b) Any act, conduct, default or omission arising out of, connected with or relating to the keeping, breeding, exhibiting or judging of cats which is or may be discreditable or prejudicial to the welfare of cats or the interest of cat owners or the breeding or exhibiting of cats. It shall be discreditable conduct (i) to supply or (ii) to be concerned in the supply of animals with a view to profit or gain for the purposes of scientific or other research, 'to be concerned' to include (a) acting as an agent for such supply or (b) any act
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