Chairman of the Jury Steps Down As Chief Umpire
The Chairman of the Jury for the 32nd America's Cup, Bryan WILLIS (GBR), has stepped down from his role as Chief Umpire, effective at the end of 2005. This move, proposed by WILLIS and supported by the Defender, the Challenger of Record, Challenge Commission, and the organizers of the 32nd America's Cup, is to ensure the complete independence of the Jury.
WILLIS held this dual role for the last two America's Cups, but now the jurisdiction of the Jury includes areas previously undertaken by the Arbitration Panel. Accordingly, WILLIS says he feels it is important there be no conflict, real or perceived, between the two positions.
'The America's Cup Jury is empowered to resolve a wide range of disputes,' WILLIS said. 'Its status as a 'no appeal' judicial body, whose decisions are final and binding, is vital to the smooth running of the event. It is therefore essential that the Jury is, and is seen to be, totally independent.'
The Regatta Director, Dyer JONES, will now appoint a new Chief Umpire in accordance with the Protocol for the 32nd America's Cup.
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