The Kennel Club would like to remind Championship Show
Secretaries of the procedure to follow when notifying the Kennel
Club of the appointment of an emergency judge.
An emergency judge is one who takes over an appointment from a
judge whose name has been previously published in the show
schedule. Emergency judges are appointed outside the usual
regulation parameters in the event of the original judge being
unable to complete the appointment.
Show societies are reminded that they should notify the Kennel
Club of the change of judge at the first available opportunity and
ideally at least seven days prior to the show.
Whilst we appreciate that there are occasions when replacement
judges are contracted at the very last minute, and in such
instances it may not be possible to provide advance notice, the
Kennel Club does, in general, expect the seven day timeframe to be
Furthermore, Championship show breed judges appointed in an
emergency must have previously been approved to award CCs to the
breed and have done so, and must not have accepted an invitation to
judge the same sex of the breed at another championship show within
12 calendar months following the show in question.
Similarly, for Group or Best in Show appointments, the emergency
judge must have previously been approved for the relevant group, or
to judge best in show, and have done so, but must not have accepted
an invitation to judge an equivalent appointment at another
championship show within nine months following the show in
It is crucial that an emergency appointment does not jeopardise
any forthcoming appointment to judge that Breed/Group/Best in Show
The appointment of a replacement judge should be advertised via
the usual channels, such as the canine press, printer's website,
society webpages etc.
Show societies who wish to advise the Kennel Club of any
emergency judge should do so by contacting the Breed Shows Team via