K.5 Hearing More Than One Protest Concurrently
When there is a protest and a counter-protest, or when several protests appear to
relate to the same incident, they should be heard together in a single hearing. If
the protest committee has doubts about whether two protests are about the same
incident, it is preferable to assume that they are and start the hearing with all the
parties from both protests.
Multiple requests for redress about a single complaint are best addressed at a
single hearing. When considering the validity of protests concerning one incident,
each should be addressed in the order in which they were delivered. The protest
committee should decide whether each is valid and give the reasons for refusing
those that are not valid. Provided that at least one is valid, the hearing must
When there are multiple counter protests, the competitor who delivered the first
valid protest would be the protestor, if his protest is valid. The protestor gives
evidence first and the protestee gives evidence, and summing up, last.