Appeals Procedure

Either party can appeal a substantive decision of the Press Ombudsman, or a decision of a sub-committee of the Press Council where the Press Ombudsman has exercised his power to refer a complaint directly to the Press Council. 


How long do I have to appeal?

You have two weeks from the date of a decision of the Press Ombudsman, or of a decision of the Press Council sub-committee, to appeal.


On what grounds will an appeal be considered?

An appeal will be considered only on one or more of the following grounds:     

(a)   that there has been an error in procedure;

(b)  that significant new information is available that could not have been or was not made available before the Press Ombudsman made his decision;   

(c)   that there has been an error in the application of the Code of Practice by the Press Ombudsman.

You should state the grounds for your appeal, and you should support it with any evidence you believe to be appropriate and relevant. Mere disagreement with the Press Ombudsman’s decision is not grounds for appeal.


How is the appeal considered by the Press Council?

Copies of appeals are furnished to the other party for their observations, and any such observations are included in the Press Council’s consideration of the appeal.   You will be advised of the outcome of the appeal as soon as practicable after the relevant Council meeting.

The procedures for consideration of appeals by the Press Council do not provide for oral hearings. 

All previous decisions of the Press Council are available here