MTR 1.7 Head Judge

Sanctioned tournaments require the physical presence of a Head Judge during play to adjudicate disputes, interpret rules, and make other official decisions. The Head Judge is the final judicial authority at any DCI-sanctioned tournament and all tournament participants are expected to follow their interpretation. Although it is beneficial, the Head Judge does not have to be certified.

The Head Judge’s responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to deal with game or policy rule violations that they notice or are brought to their attention.
  • Issuing the final ruling in all appeals, potentially overturning the ruling of a floor judge.
  • Coordinating and delegating tasks to floor judges as needed.

If necessary, the Head Judge may temporarily transfer their duties to any judge if they are unable to fulfill them for a period of time. Also, in exceptional circumstances, if the tournament’s integrity would be damaged otherwise, the Tournament Organizer may replace the Head Judge.

Certain Premier tournaments have multiple Head Judges and/or different Head Judges for different portions of the tournament. All Head Judges share the same responsibilities and exercise the same authority while they are serving as a Head Judge.