Both referees and assistant referees have a responsibility to report all instances of all temporary suspensions (yellow cards), send offs (red cards), serious referee abuse, and games that have to be called off due to foul play or misconduct.
In the case of temporary suspensions (yellow cards), send offs (red cards), serious abuse and where games have to be called off, a Judicial Hearing may take place. In the interest of natural justice, the New Zealand Rugby Disciplinary Rules gives all match officials (and anyone who wishes to instigate proceedings) a maximum time of 48 hours from the completion of the match that the incident occurs, to submit their report to the Provincial Union having jurisdiction over the match.
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