Article 21- Auditing of Accounts
The General Treasurer shall recommend a Registered auditing firm to the EC for approval for the purpose of auditing and verifying the JUA accounts.
The General Treasurer shall participate in the auditing process of the JUA accounts organized by the firm appointed. Auditing shall take place for each accounting period just prior to the Congress. The firm appointed may also be instructed by the EC to audit JUA Members which have received funds from IJF .
At the request of the EC, a representative from the auditing firm appointed may attend EC and Congress Meetings.
Article 22 - Grades and “DAN” Ranks
22.1 Official recognition of grades
The JUA and IJF officially recognize only those grades and “DAN” ranks which are awarded by the Member National Federations to their own members, to the exclusion of all others.
A National Federation may not award a grade and/or a “DAN” rank to a member of another Member National Federation without the written agreement of that Federation. Any grade or “DAN” rank awarded without this agreement will not be validated by the JUA and IJF.
Each Member National Federation is in charge of representing the JUA for the purpose of ensuring compliance with International regulations on grades and “dan” ranks throughout its national territory.
22.2 Grade diplomas
IJF grades and “DAN” ranks shall be awarded by the President of the JUA where the student originates from.
22.3 Amount of Fees
The amount of fees paid for awarding of grade and “DAN” diplomas and for ID Cards shall be set by the EC of the IJF and EC of the JUA.
22.4 Application procedure
The awarding of IJF grades and “DAN” ranks shall be performed according to the procedure validated by the EC of the IJF.
From the 1st to the 6th “DAN”, ranks shall be awarded under the responsibility of Member National Federations.
The 7th “DAN” shall be awarded upon the proposal of Member National Federation by the Executive Committee of the JUA, on whose opinion of the this Continental Grade and “DAN” Rank Director is given.
As of the 8th “DAN”, Ranks shall be awarded by the IJF EC upon the proposal of Member National Federations and after the opinion of the JUA has been given, as well as the opinion of the Grade and “DAN” Rank Commission of the IJF.
Article 23 - JUA Honors and Awards
25.1 Outstanding service and contribution to the JUA
The EC may submit a motion to Congress to bestow the title of Honorary President, Honorary Member or Honorary Officer to key persons who have been of outstanding service to the JUA.
Nominations for such positions shall be presented by the EC, at the request of National Federations.
Proposals for JUA Honors and Awards shall be submitted in writing to the General Secretary, to the attention of the EC. The nomination must include all supporting details of the candidate's background and services the candidate has rendered to the field of Judo.
Honorary President of the JUA: the candidate must have served as President of the JUA for a term of office of over eight (8) years.
Honorary Officer of the JUA: the candidate must have served as a Member of the JUA EC for a term of office of over eight (8) years.
Honorary Member of the JUA: the candidate must have served as a Member of the JUA EC for a term of office of over four (4) years or as a Member of an JUA Commission or as the President of a National Federation for a term of office of over eight (8) years.
23.2 Honorary Attendance
Honorary Presidents, Honorary Officers and Honorary Members shall have the honor of attending Congresses and other JUA events in this capacity.
23.3 Key figures outside of the JUA who have been of outstanding service or have made significant contributions to the JUA.
The EC may bestow awards to key figures or dignitaries who have been of outstanding service or who have made significant contributions to the JUA. Nominations for such awards shall be presented by the EC and the National Federations.
The EC shall examine the compliance of such nominations based on the rules for such awards.
Article 24 - Amendments to the Statutes
Amendments to the Statutes must be presented by the EC to the Congress and must be approved by a minimum of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Member National Federations present or represented at the Congress from at least three (3) different Zones.
24.2 Date of Application
Amendments to the Statutes become effective upon approval by the Congress, unless the Congress votes otherwise.
Article 25 - Specific Regulations
The EC shall establish specific regulations in special fields that are not covered under these Statutes.
Article 26 - Expulsion, Resignation, Suspension
A National Federation may be suspended or expelled from the JUA on one of the following grounds:
- serious breach or gross negligence, or pursuant to a final decision of one of the IJF Discipline Commissions.
- as a result of expulsion from JUA, under the conditions provided for in Article 26.4.
26.2 Suspension or expulsion: submission of the case to the Discipline Commission
26.2.1 If a National Federation violates the Statutes of the JUA/IJF/IOC or acts against the legitimate interests, the principles or the objectives of the JUA/IJF/IOC, the EC may submit the case to the Disciplinary Commission of the first instance and propose to the Commission all measures it deems fit to put an end to the prejudice being caused to the JUA/IJF/IOC, including by way of restricting or suspending participation in activities or expelling the relevant National Federation. Suspension applies to all sports, administrative and social activities.
26.2.2 If an individual member of a Member National Federation of the JUA violates the Statutes of the JUA/IJF/IOC or acts against the legitimate interests, the principles or the objectives of the JUA/IJF/IOC, the EC may, after hearing the opinion of the National Federation, or the IJF, submit the case to the Disciplinary Commission of the first instance and propose to the Commission all measures it deems fit to put an end to the prejudice being caused to the JUA/IJF/IOC, including by way of suspending or expelling the relevant individual member.
26.2.3 Sanctions may only be laid down after a hearing of a representative of the National Federation or the individual member of the National Federation whose case has been submitted to the Disciplinary Commission of the first instance and/or Appeal under the conditions provided for in Articles 28 and 29.
26.2.4 The Disciplinary Commission of the first instance and/or Appeal may, however, order suspension as a temporary protective measure prior to the hearing, if the Commission has a strong reason to believe that the National Federation or the individual member of the National Federation concerned will continue or repeatedly engage in misconduct or commit any other offence against the legitimate interests, principles or objectives of the JUA/IJF/IOC.
These Disciplinary Commissions may also decide that the sanction to suspend or expel is to be immediately enforceable even if the sanction is not yet final.
26.3 Suspension or expulsion of a Member National Federation
The EC must submit a proposal to Congress to suspend or expel a National Federation on a final basis as decided by one of the Disciplinary Commissions.
Confirmation of suspension or expulsion must be decided by way of a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Congress.
26.4 Expulsion of a Member Federation by JUA.
JUA has the right to expel one of their members or individual members.
The Disciplinary Commission of the JUA concerned must comply with the rights of the defense.
The case may be appealed before the JUA Disciplinary Appeal Commission.
26.5 Relations with dissident organizations or Member Federations which have been suspended
Member National Federations are prohibited from having sporting relations with organizations which are not JUA/IJF Members, unless permission is given by the JUA/IJF.
Sporting relations with Member National Federations which have been suspended are likewise prohibited.
Any Member National Federations which violates this provision will immediately be suspended and reported to the Disciplinary Commission, which will take the necessary disciplinary action.
26.6 Relations with countries which are not yet JUA Members
In the interest of developing Judo and raising its technical level in all countries, friendly sporting relations with countries which are not yet members of the JUA are authorized.
However, JUA Members are under the obligation to act cautiously and must verify that the third parties they have relations with and which are not JUA Members have not violated the rules or decisions of the IOC/NOC in their country.