Glossary of Terms

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Access NI checks

Access NI is part of central government which enables organisations in Northern Ireland to make informed recruitment decisions by providing criminal history information on anyone seeking paid or unpaid work in certain defined areas.

Access NI checks are performed on each applicant who is being recommended for judicial office.

Additional information can be found on the Access NI website.


The written law of a country also called a statute. An Act sets out legal rules, and has normally been passed by both Houses of Parliament in the form of a Bill and agreed to by the Crown.


A formal request to a higher court that the verdict and/or ruling of a court be changed.

Appeal Tribunals for Northern Ireland

The Appeal Tribunals deal with appeals against decisions of officers of the Social Security Agency and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division of the Department for Social Development, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the Rates Collection Agency and the Inland Revenue.

Appeals Service

The Appeals Service Northern Ireland ((TAS(NI)) is an organisation which provides administrative support to the independent tribunals set up by legislation to hear appeals against decisions made by the Decision Makers in the:

  • Social Security Agency;

  • Child Support Agency;

  • Inland Revenue;

  • NI Housing Executive;

  • Rates Collection Agency.

It handles all the administrative arrangements for an appeal e.g. arranging the date, place, and time of your hearing, issuing the relevant papers connected with the appeal. The TAS(NI) has its own administrative head.

Additional information can be found on the Northern Ireland Court and Tribunal Service website.


A term used for someone who applies for judicial office.

Applicant Information Booklet

An information booklet is issued for each vacancy.

It aims to provide applicants with a better understanding of the nature of the judicial office being advertised, our assessment and selection process, and access to guidance on how to make an application.


The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved government of Northern Ireland. It is responsible for making and enacting laws on transferred matters in Northern Ireland. The Assembly sits at Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast.

Members (MLAs) meet to debate issues and introduce laws to support the people of Northern Ireland. Each MLA represents her or his constituency, and there are 6 MLAs for each constituency.

Additional information can be found on The Northern Ireland Assembly website.

Assembly Questions

A Member of the Assembly can ask questions of a member of the Executive Committee, or of the Assembly Commission, which is the corporate body of the Assembly.

Questions provide an opportunity for Members to hold Ministers to account and to enquire into matters relating to the work of each government department and the Assembly Commission.

Additional information can be found on The Northern Ireland Assembly website.