CHESS JOURNALISTS OF AMERICA
Bylaws Committee Report
August 1, 2007
"... please add the following By-Laws committee report to the web site
so that people can look at it and comment." -- Ira Lee Riddle
[Note: The email address for the Chairman of the Bylaws Committee can
be found on the Directory page.]
Proposed By-Laws Changes: (Subject to much change.)
- The Chair:
- of the Ethics Committee must be a current member
in good standing of the CJA, and maintain CJA mem-
bership throughout the term of office.
- The Chair is nominated by and confirmed by the
membership present at a Regular Business Meeting.
- Should a Chair need be named between meetings due to
resignation or removal of the previous Chair, the
President will nominate a new Chair to be approved
by at least a 3/4 vote of the remaining members of
the Executive Committee. This appointment is for the
remaining time until the next Regular Business
- Members of the Committee
- The Chair of this Committee shall recruit and appoint
a panel of at least seven current CJA members to
serve on this Committee. Members must maintain their
CJA membership throughout any Committee service.
- Should a complaint be forwarded to the Committee
through its Chair, a sub-panel of three Committee
members shall be named to judge the validity of the
complaint. The complainant and the one being
complained about will be allowed to know the names
of those selected to hear the complaint, and may
reject any such names if bias in either direction
can be established, or one name with no necessary
reason being given. Should this result in less than
three members being available, then the parties must
agree on other current CJA members who may serve as
the group judging the complaint. It they cannot
agree, then the Chair shall appoint such necessary
- The names of the Committee members shall be posted on
the CJA web-site.
- Submitting a complaint
- Any member of the Chess community may file a
complaint with this Committee against a member of
the CJA. Non-CJA members shall also include a
fee of $25 with the complaint. Should the complaint
be found valid, $15 of this fee shall be refunded.
CJA members may file complaints along with a $10
fee, refundable if the complaint is found to be
- Complaints against non-CJA members shall be rejected
and the fee not refunded.
- Scope of Committee’s Responsibilities and actions
- Complaints may be submitted under the following
categories: violations of the CJA Code of Ethics,
violations of Federal, State, or local ordinances,
actions demeaning of chess, personal attacks that are
published in a widespread manner. (Private e-mails or
those intended for a limited group, such as the
Executive Board of the CJA, are not subject to the
Ethics Committee’s responsibility.)
- Procedure is as follows:
- Complaint is submitted to chair.
- Chair nominates a slate of members to hear the
- Both parties to the complaint enter objections;
this process is repeated until a committee
satisfactory to both sides is agreed upon.
- The complainant submits documents to support the
claim, with duplicate copies to journalist being
complained about. The CJA presedent shall also be
sent copies of all materials being submitted.
- The journalist being complained about will have a
period of 30 days from receipt of complaint
(either by certified mail or e-mail) to respond to
items of the complaint.
- Each side will be allowed a period of 10 days to
submit any further evidence on their side.
- The Ethics Committee will deliberate and render its
decision within 30 days. (An extension may be
requested and will be granted if so requested for
an additional 30 days at most.)
- The decision will be sent to both parties and the
CJA President. Either party may request an appeal
to the general CJA membership at its next Business
- Penalties, etc.
- The Committee may decide that the complaint is not
of sufficient merit to proceed further.
- The Committee may impose loss of CJA membership for
a period up to three years.
- The Committee may recommend to the General
Membership that the person complained about be
expelled from the CJA permanently.
- The Committee may recommend a letter of reprimand
be issued, to either of the parties involved.
- Any decisions rendered shall be made public through
the CJA web-site and by publication in any and all
of the CJA Official publications. This report
shall not identify either party to the complaint,
to preserve rights of appeal, etc.