Judges Code of Ethics
JUDGES CODE OF ETHICS
It is the Judges responsibility to arrive punctually and allow plenty of time after general commentary for private comments.
To study the schedule carefully, analysing the words, before the competition.
To judge every piece - any piece showing obvious disregard to the schedule to be marked 0 for Interpretation and an additional 20 Penalty points deducted from the total. The Competitor will not be placed or receive an award.
Never criticise another Judge or their judgement. This should apply to both public commentary and private comments with competitors or other florists.
When attending a competition in a private capacity, a qualified Judge must guard against being drawn into an expression of opinion, which could be contrary to that of the Judge, or Judges appointed for the occasion.
LOYALTY BETWEEN JUDGES IS ESSENTIAL
Never to single out obviously poor floristry, publicly. The job of the judge is to find the winner, not to discourage the beginner.
Keep any criticism of the schedule to a judges support day or AGM.
It is not ethical for a judge to know who the competitors are, with the exception of open judging. Every effort should be made by the steward and Judge to see that there is nothing to identify the entries.
Placing and marks must be checked with the steward before the winners are announced.
Judges may not enter or work on any floristry competition or exhibit that could qualify for an award.
To obtain competitors names from the stewards before leaving the meeting and to send in named mark sheets promptly to the UK Floristry Judges Guild after the competition.
At all times seeking to enhance the profile of the UK Floristry Judges Guild
Training of Floristry Judges in the UK is the preserve of the UKFJG. If a member or his/her associates is found to be participating in the training of floristry judges, the member, will be asked to leave the Guild.
A member must obtain courtesy approval from the UKFJG Committee if they are to be involved in the training of a floristry competitor representing the UK
A member must obtain courtesy approval from the UKFJG Committee if they are to be involved in the training of a floristry competitor representing another country.
Any relationship between a floristry competitor and a floristry judge should not in any way be beneficial or provide an advantage to a floristry competitor in UK competitions.
Feedback – For every competition – Only the competitors will be allowed into the competition room for feedback. After all competitors have received feedback, other visitors may enter the room.
THE JUDGES DECISION IS FINAL.