SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Referee Ashley Klein talks with James Graham of the Bulldogs during the round 23 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The NRL is set to dramatically simplify its judicial system next season by reducing the number of gradings but the jury is still out on plans to introduce a fine system as the players prepare to have a decisive say on whether punishment for minor offences takes a monetary form.

The Australian understands the committee set up to review the judicial system has come up with two potential alternatives to the existing format, both of which would involve a significant reduction in the number of gradings for offences.

Charges currently have five gradings but that may be reduced to three next season, a dramatic simplification of a convoluted system that came under heavy criticism this year.

The most intriguing change shapes as the potential introduction of a fine system for minor offences, a concept already used in the AFL and now under serious consideration in the NRL.

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