Appeals and Referrals

Instead of making a decision on a complaint, the Press Ombudsman may exercise his discretion to refer a complaint directly to the Press Council for decision.  The Chair of the Press Council may then activate a sub-committee of the Council to consider the complaint and make a decision.

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

Appeals are considered only on one or more of the following grounds: 

1.   That there has been an error in procedure.

2.  That significant new information is available that could not have been or was not made available before the decision was made by            the Press Ombudsman/Press Council sub-committee.

3.  That there has been an error in the application of the Code of Practice by the Press Ombudsman/Press Council sub-committee. 

Appellants should state the grounds for their appeal, and should support it by any evidence they believe to be appropriate and relevant. Mere disagreement with the decision is not grounds for appeal.

Copies of appeals are furnished to the other party for their observations, and any such observations will be included in the Council’s consideration of the appeal.

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