The tournament chairman, in consultation with the DIC, appoints the Tournament Appeals Committee unless the sponsoring organization has a standing committee. In the absence of an official tournament committee or chairman, the DIC should appoint an Appeals Committee, if needed.


The Appeals Committee should consist of an odd number of respected, knowledgeable members who represent all classes of players and all geographical areas of the sponsoring organization. The committee is the sole judge of its membership.


The Appeals Committee should meet at the earliest possible time to hear a case. However, the DIC is responsible to see that committee meetings do not interfere with the orderly progress of the tournament or event or impose any undue hardship on the committee members. Normally, most Appeals Committees meet following the evening session. For qualifying events and for Swiss teams, the committees should meet prior to any subsequent sessions of play.


Once the Appeals Committee convenes (a committee chairman is usually named by the tournament chairman), it follows the procedures outlined in the ACBL Guidelines for Tournament Appeals Committees, which appears as Appendix B of this Handbook.

The DIC must inform the committee of its rights or powers as well as its limitations. Law 93 B.3 of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge defines these items.

The Appeals Committee must hear every case that is brought before it. However, if the committee judges the grounds given for the appeal are substantially without merit, it may and should assess a matchpoint penalty or other discipline upon the appellant, partner and teammates.

The Appeals Committee must give the DIC a written report of its official action on an appeal. The DIC must submit the decision with the tournament report. The tournament appeal form should be used for this purpose and a complete write-up of the situation should be included on the form.

Law 93 of the “Laws of Duplicate Bridge” addresses appeals procedures and committees.