Guidance

Appeal against a copyright licensing fine or code of practice

Appeal against a government fine or code of practice imposed on your copyright licensing organisation or collecting agency.

What you can appeal against

You can appeal if the government fines or imposes a code of practice on you or your copyright licensing body.

This may happen if you haven’t adopted or published a code of practice in line with the rules.

Any fine will be put on hold while you appeal, but an imposed code will stay in force until it’s been considered by the tribunal.

The tribunal

Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before reaching its decision.

Time limits for appealing

You have 28 days to appeal after the government sends you the decision or fine.

If you miss the time limit, you can ask for more time to appeal. Explain why you’re late, and the tribunal will decide if it can still take your case.

How to appeal

Use the notice of appeal form and guidance leaflet.

Clearly say why you want to appeal against the decision.

Include any supporting documents, like the fine or decision letter.

Send the form to grc@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk or:

General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts and Tribunals Service
PO Box 9300
Leicester
LE1 8DJ

Telephone: 0300 123 4504

Tribunal staff can give you general guidance on how the process works, but they cannot give you legal advice.

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you about the next steps.

Find out more about General Regulatory Chamber hearings and decisions.

Legislation and rules

You can find the right to appeal to the tribunal in section 12 of The Copyright (Regulation of Relevant Licensing Bodies) Regulations 2014.

The schedule sets out what needs to be covered by the code of practice.

Read more detailed rules on how your case will be handled in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.

Published 19 December 2014