PLAY AFTER AN ILLEGAL PLAY
Play of Card after Irregularity
- A play by a member of the non-offending side after his RHO has led or played out of turn or prematurely, and before rectification has been assessed, forfeits the right to rectification of that offence.
- Once the right to rectification has been forfeited, the illegal play is treated as though it were in turn (except when Law 53B applies).
- If the offending side has a previous obligation to play a penalty card, or to comply with a lead or play restriction, the obligation remains at future turns.
Defender Plays before Required Lead by Declarer
When a defender plays a card after declarer has been required to retract his lead out of turn from either hand, but before declarer has led from the correct hand, the defender’s card becomes a major penalty card (Law 50).
Play by Offending Side before Assessment of Rectification
A play by a member of the offending side before rectification has been assessed does not affect the rights of the opponents, and may itself be subject to rectification.