The Jury is the neutral and independent element between the organiser and the competitors. The Jury will rule on protests which may affect the outcome of individual pilot or team scores. The normal composition of a Jury is: A very experienced Jury President, an experienced first Jury member and a trainee member.
In addition to being the Chairman at Jury meetings, the Jury President has the right to require the Organisers to abide by the FAI Sporting Code and the published rules and regulations for the event. If the organisers fail to do so, the President of the Jury has the power to stop the event until a Jury meeting has considered the situation.
Jury President and Steward reports are published after each Category 1 event. They are made available to Delegates of CIVL on request.
Further information on the role of Jury and Stewards can be found in the FAI/CIVL Jury and Steward Handbook. Competition organisers should be familiar with this document.
They watch over the conduct of the event and report any unfairness or infringement of the Rules and Regulations or behaviour prejudicial to the safety of other competitors or the public or in any way harmful to the sport. They assemble information and facts concerning matters to be considered by the International Jury.
The judging panel is to consist of at least 3 independent judges from at least 2 different countries, one of them being chosen from the list of senior judges is to be the chief judge. The judging panel consists of a group of 5 to 8 persons:
The mark is composed of the scoring average of the FAI judges (importance 80%) and the scoring average of the other judges (importance 20%). When a sufficient number of spectators is present on the event area, a portion of the score is defined by the applause and cheering of the audience. The judges' decision is final. No complaints or protests are allowed!
More about Judges responsibilities is found in the Aerobatic Annex of Section 7B of the Sporting Code.
The Target Judge team will consist of at least three members. The Judges will observe all contacts noting the first point of ground contact of the Competitor. If an automatic measuring device is found to be defective and the first point of ground contact has been on it, Judges are to measure the score manually.
The Event Judge must hold a preparatory meeting for the Judging team and supporting roles before the training round of the competition. If the Event Judge considers that conditions are becoming dangerous, he has the authority to temporarily stop the competition after he has conferred with the Chief Judge and the Competition Director.
The Chief Judge is mainly responsible for: ensuring that correct judging standards are maintained by all members of the judging team; checking the score sheet and signing to confirm the validity of round scores; ensuring that all required equipment is available and in working order. He may provide judging training during the training rounds of the competition.
More about Judges responsibilities is found in Section 7C of the Sporting Code.