The Amendment Act makes two key changes to the appeals process.
Use of judicial review
Societies have the right to appeal to the Gambling Commission against Department decisions to suspend, cancel, not issue or not renew, or amend conditions of Class 3 and 4 licences.
The Amendment Act restricts the ability of Class 3 or 4 licensees from applying for judicial review until after they have exercised their appeal rights to the Gambling Commission. This change ensures the efficiency of the appeals process and maintains the status of the Commission as a specialist appeals body.
This will apply only to decisions made by the Secretary after the Amendment Act’s commencement.
Effective date of Gambling Commission decisions
The Amendment Act also allows the Gambling Commission to delay the effect of its decisions, for example to allow an appellant to pursue judicial review proceedings, or, where a Class 4 operator has lost its licence, to enable an orderly wind-down of operations.