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Part Outcome Of Appeal – Dennis Mitchell (18 July 17)

Dennis Mitchell – Appeal outcome (part) Mr Dennis Mitchell lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards under AR175(o) and AR175A on 6 June 2017 when employed as Australian Turf Club (ATC) General Manager, Security, Risks and Investigations.

On the 16th June 2017, Mr Mitchell lodged the appeal outside the specified 2 days after decision by Stewards. On application of the appellant due to exceptional circumstances, that was not opposed by Stewards, the Appeal Panel has exercised its discretion under LR106(2)(c) to allow the appeal out of time due to exceptional circumstances.

This appeal was part heard on Friday, 11 August 2017 at the offices of Racing NSW. The Panel adjourned the appeal to consider submissions made by both parties on jurisdiction, giving on that day the following summary:

1. In the appeal of Dennis Mitchell, the appellant was represented today by Mr Andrew Byrne of Counsel, instructed by Ms Conner of Laxon Lex Lawyers. The Stewards were represented by Mr Marc Van Gestel, the Chairman of Stewards. 2. The Panel heard submissions from both parties as to whether the Stewards had jurisdiction to inquire into certain conduct of Mr D Mitchell which forms the basis of the three charges laid against him, and to find him guilty of those charges and subsequently penalise him. 3. At the conclusion of those submissions, the parties agree the Panel, rather than today hearing the merits of the charges, should first deliver reasons on jurisdiction. Pending this outcome, the extent of the hearing of the charges may be more confined than they currently are. 4. The Panel agrees with this course, and has reserved its decision on jurisdiction.

On Tuesday, 22 August 2017 the panel handed down its decision on Jurisdiction and gave the following Reasons for Decision

A date is yet to be set to hear the balance of the Appeal.

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