On 16 September 2020, the Supreme Court of Victoria made orders in relation to an appeal by licensed persons Ellen Tormey and Glenn Douglas against a decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) that it did not have jurisdiction to review a determination of the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board. The decision of the Supreme Court (which can be viewed here) was to dismiss the appeal and as such, both Ms Tormey and Mr Douglas became disqualified persons at 4pm on 30 September 2020.

On 16 October 2020, Ms Tormey and Mr Douglas filed an application with the Court of Appeal for leave to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court and an application for a stay of the orders made by the HRV RAD Board on 19 December 2019.

The stay application was granted on 11 November 2020, meaning Ms Tormey and Mr Douglas have had their respective penalties deferred until the matter is heard by the Court of Appeal on a date to be fixed.