F1 Brazil Blog – All change at the FIA

F1 carsMaybe not *all* change, but there are going to be new processes afoot in Paris that will affect everyone in the world of motorsport.

The FIA General Assembly met in Paris on Friday to discuss a host of changes to the way in which motorsport will be run in future. There are degrees of change, from the increase in the maximum fine the stewards can now bestow – up to 250,000 euros – to a major overhaul in the FIA's judicial process. Other expected announcements included confirmation of the Competitors' Staff Licence to news that the FIA can now impose sanctions on licenced drivers for road traffic offences.

But the big story, undoubtedly, is the change to the judicial process. Flavio Briatore's successful overturning of the Singapore 2008 Crashgate verdict meant that the current system had to go. As of 1 January, 2011, there will be a new judiciary sitting at the Place de la Concorde, home of the FIA.

The following has been copied in full from the FIA press release:

Created one year ago, the Statutes Review Commission ensures that the FIA is best adapted to reality and best equipped to deal with future challenges. Within the context of its work, the Statutes Review Commission asked a working group to draw up proposals on the organisation and operation of the judicial role of the FIA. Upon the completion of the working group’s task, the Statutes Review Commission validated a draft amendment of the Statutes and a draft of Disciplinary and Judicial Rules of the FIA.

The General Assembly unanimously adopted the amendments of the Statutes and the new Judicial and Disciplinary Rules of the FIA.

The following judicial organisation will come into effect as of 1 January 2011: independent judges elected by the General Assembly on proposal of a Judicial Appointment Committee and an International Tribunal in addition to the existing International Court of Appeal.

The Judicial Appointment Committee (JAC) is tasked with examining applications to become a judge in the International Tribunal or the International Court of Appeal, and to propose candidates to the General Assembly for election.  The JAC comprises one representative of each World Council, two representatives appointed by the Sporting Commissions in charge of the FIA World Championships, and the current President of the Congress of the International Court of Appeal.

The International Tribunal (IT) will exercise disciplinary authority in the first instance for example in the FIA Formula One World Championship and will judge all infringements of the Statutes, the International Sporting Code and the regulations of the FIA, without prejudice to the powers of the stewards of the meeting at the events. It will comprise 12 judges who will act totally independent of the World Councils and of other FIA bodies. The decisions of the IT can be appealed before the ICA.

The International Court of Appeal (ICA) will keep its present powers and will essentially continue to operate in the same manner. It will comprise 24 judges who will act totally independent of the World Councils and of other FIA bodies.

The IT and the ICA will include judges nominated by competitors of the five FIA World Championships.

The General Assembly approved the nominations of the judges of the International Tribunal and the International Court of Appeal who were proposed by the JAC.

Kate Walker

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