Meeting of the Appeals Committee
was held on
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
An Appeal was received from Miss P. G. Griffiths of Carn Brea, Holmes Lane, Dunholm, Lincoln LN2 3QT. Prefix: BOADICAT:
A complaint had been preferred against Miss Griffiths that she had been in breach of Articles 12(1)(a) and/or 12(1)(b) (paragraph 1) and/or 12(1)(d) of the GCCF Constitution in that:
1. Whilst appointed as Treasurer to the British Shorthair Group Committee, the Defendant failed to produce accounts for the year ending 2004 in accordance with the BAC Philosophy and Principles Items 10f and/or 11a.
2. When her term of office as Treasurer was completed, the Defendant failed to transfer copies of the accounts, cheque book, paying in book, bank statements and other paperwork relating to the accounts of the BAC to the new Treasurer.
By these actions, the Defendant acted in a way that was discreditable and prejudicial to the welfare of cats or the interest of cat owners or the breeding or exhibiting of cats, within the meaning of said articles.
Miss Griffiths did not attend the heading, nor was she represented.
No plea was received from Miss Griffiths.
The Disciplinary Committee found Items 1 and 2 of the complaint against Miss Griffiths proven unanimously and, by a majority decision, made the following Orders:-
That Miss Griffiths be disqualified from holding office in an affiliated Club for life within the meaning of Article 12(4)(b)(iii) of the GCCF Constitution.
That Miss Griffiths be suspended sine die within the meaning of Article 12(4)(b)(i) of the GCCF Constitution until such time as she produces all the required paperwork for the BAC which should include the bank statements, cheque books, paying-in books and the building society records in relation to the BAC account. All the paperwork to be produced to the GCCF Office.
The Disciplinary Committee also ordered that Miss Griffiths be fined an amount of £200 (two hundred pounds), such fine to be paid within 28 days, within the meaning of Article 12(4)(c)(ii) of the GCCF Constitution.
The Disciplinary Committee directed that Miss Griffiths pay the sum of £100 by way of costs.
The letters of Appeal were read to the Appeals Committee by Mrs Whittaker, Secretary to the Appeals Committee, the grounds of Appeal were as follows:-
1. That the letters and paperwork sent by the GCCF pertaining to the complaint were incorrectly addressed and not received.
2. The penalty was extremely harsh as the required paperwork for the BAC, bank statements, cheque books, paying-in books and the building society records in relation to the BAC account, had already been supplied to the BAC’s accountant and Treasurer. Therefore, she no longer had any control over the accounts paperwork.
3. Although Miss Griffiths had resigned in May 2005 from both offices she had held, she had intended to continue to help at shows as she had for many years.
Miss Griffiths did not attend the Appeals hearing.
In the absence of Dr Jarvis, Presenter and Member of the Investigation Committee, Mr Butler, Investigation Committee representative, presented the Investigation Committee’s response to the appeal.
The decision of the Appeals Committee was as follows:-
1, The appeal was dismissed in part and allowed in part.
2. The finding of the Disciplinary Committee that the complaint against Miss Griffiths was proven was affirmed.
3. The order of the Disciplinary Committee that Miss Griffiths be disqualified from holding office for life within the meaning of Article 12(4)(b)(iii) of the GCCF Constitution was affirmed.
4. The order of the Disciplinary Committee that Miss Griffiths be suspended sine die until production of paperwork (as described in the order of the Disciplinary Committee) was rescinded.
5. The fine ordered by the Disciplinary Committee be varied by being reduced from £200 to £150.
6. The order for costs made by the Disciplinary Committee was affirmed.
7. The Appeals Committee made no order as to the costs of the hearing.
The reasons for the Appeals Committee were as follows:
1. It is a matter of record that the BAC accounts were filed several months after their due date.
2. Miss Griffiths admitted that paperwork was late. It has now been supplied.
3. If there was a failure in service of documents in connection with the Disciplinary Committee hearing, the error has been corrected by the right of appeal.
4. In light of the evidence now available, the fine imposed by the Disciplinary Committee was not proportionate and the fine substituted by the order of the Appeals Committee is the proportionate and appropriate fine.
PREFIXES FOR APPROVAL
The following list of prefixes are to be approved. If anyone has any objections to any listed, please notify the GCCF Office in writing at 4-6 Penel Orlieu, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3PG. Tel. 01278 427575, within 21 days from the first date of publication received. Objections arriving later would, on no account, be considered. Objections could only be made when there is an existing prefix WITHIN one letter or which looks the same, or sounds the same.
GAZZELLA - Previously Mrs B. A. & Master A. F. J. Gazzaniga, now
Mrs B. A. Gazzaniga.
GYMNOPEDIE - Previously Mrs A. J. Spedding, now Mrs A. J. & Miss J.
HARDENDALE - Previously Mrs E. D. Hoyle, now Mrs E. D. Hoyle &
Mrs K. A. Wright.
KINGAROY - Previously Mr R. D. & Mrs J. C. Goddard, now Mrs J. C.
LOONYCOONZ - Previously Mrs S. E. Coleman, now Mr S. & Mrs S.
MAGICTRIX - Previously Mr L. A. & Mrs G. M. Hughes, now Mrs G.
MIYOKO - Previously Mrs H. Whiston, now Mr G. & Mrs H.
HEUREUX - Previously (the late) Mr D. F. & Mrs S. J. Wilson, now
Mrs S. J. Wilson.
JELANI - Previously Ms J. L. Attwell, now Ms J. L. & Mrs J. L.