PROCEDURE FOLLOWING AN IRREGULARITY
(Club Law 13)
irregularity has occurred, any player - except dummy as restricted by
Law 43 -
may draw attention to it and give or obtain information as to the law
applicable to it. The fact that a player draws attention to an
irregularity committed by his side does not affect the rights of the
After attention has been drawn
to an irregularity, no player should call or play until all questions
in regard to the assessment of a penalty have been determined.
Premature correction of an irregularity on the part of the offender
may subject him to further penalty (see
ASSESSMENT OF A PENALTY
(Club Law 14)
A penalty may
not be imposed until the nature of the irregularity to be penalized has
been determined and the applicable penalty has been clearly stated; but
a penalty once paid, or any decision agreed and acted upon by the
players, stands and should not, except by agreement of all four players,
be corrected even though at some later time it may be judged incorrect.
WAIVER OR FORFEITURE OF A PENALTY
The right to
penalize an offense is forfeited if
(a) both members of the
non-offending side waive the penalty.
(b) a member of the
non-offending side calls (Law
) or plays (Law
) after an irregularity committed by his RHO.
(Club Law 16)
A player may be
subject to penalty if he conveys information to his partner other than
by a legal call or play.
Information conveyed by an
illegal call, play or exposure of a card is subject to the applicable
law in Part V
or Part VI.
If a player conveys information
to his partner by means of a remark or question or by unmistakable
hesitation or unwonted speed, special emphasis, tone, gesture,
movement, mannerism or any other action that suggests a call, lead or
plan of play; and if attention is drawn to the offense immediately,
when the offending side has profited through the doubtful call or play
so suggested, it should, in conformance with
redress any damage done to the non-offending side.