Judges Lists FAQs

 Updated 10/04/2018 



Will the breed clubs be permitted to keep their own judges list based on the understanding that it will be supervised by the Kennel Club?

There will be one judging list per breed available via the KC ‘Find A Judge’ online facility. It will be the most efficient way to maintain the list and allows all show societies to see who is able to judge a breed and at what level. Any lists held by clubs will be unofficial.

We wish to nominate a judge for our 2022 show. How are we able to check a judge’s eligibility before inviting him/her for the appointment?

We recommend strongly that societies do not select judges too far in advance. If a show wants to select a judge for a show beyond 2021, prior to that judge having registered with the JCF and having transitioned over, the inviting society should ask the judge to confirm that they will be a Kennel Club licenced judge.


If the appointment is to awards CCs, Groups or BIS, the society will not be able to issue the third part of the judging contract, or submit the nomination to the Kennel Club, until such time as the judge has registered at the appropriate JCF Level.

From 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021, KC F regulations for the two systems will be run alongside each other. Does this mean judges can be invited on either system?

Yes, the two systems will run alongside each other and shows can invite using either. It is expected that over time there will be a shift to the new system, especially as societies will need to choose a judge from Find A Judge or breed club lists. The former is likely to be more accessible for show societies.

In minority breeds, there is concern that with the lack of specific club judging lists, the judges invited will not be particularly interested in the breed. Are you able to offer any advice?

To be able to judge more than 3 (4) classes the judge will need to have attended a Breed Appreciation Day and pass the MCE. If they wish to progress further in the breed they will need to be mentored. This will involve the judge giving up a considerable amount of time to study that breed and should ensure that non specialists judges have an interest in the breed and develop a greater understanding than might be the case for some now.

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