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What is the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority and what does it do?

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority consists of up to three District Court judges and other appointed members. They are responsible for determining licence applications and manager’s certificates that have been referred to them by the District Licensing Committee.

These referrals tend to happen when the decision of the District Licensing Committee has been appealed. The authority also rules on whether a licensee or duty manager has breached the Act.

The authority can impose penalties on holders of licences or manager’s certificates if they break the law. These penalties typically involve suspending the licence or certificate, but can sometimes lead to cancelling a licence or certificate for serious breaches of the law.

The authority also hears appeals on draft local alcohol policies.