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Fair Employment Tribunal

The Fair Employment Tribunal is an independent judicial body in Northern Ireland that hears and determines complaints of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief and/or political opinion.

Additional information can be found on the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal website.

Family Division

Family Division is one of the three divisions that make up the High Court. It is concerned with matrimonial and probate matters and proceedings relating to children or adults who cannot make decisions for themselves.

Family Proceedings Court

Before 1996 the Juvenile Court dealt with nearly all matters concerning children and young persons. The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 stipulated that when dealing with the care of children, the court should be known as a Family Proceedings Court

See Youth Courts.

Forensic Science Northern Ireland

The FSNI is a Government Executive Agency within the Department of Justice. Its role is to provide effective impartial forensic science to support justice.

Freedom of Information (FOI) requests

The Freedom of Information Act came into force on 1 January 2005. It gives you the right to ask any public body for all the information it has on any subject you choose.

On receiving your information request, public authorities must acknowledge and log it. They must then answer the request within 20 working days, unless they are unsure whether the information should be exempt, in which case they are allowed more time for consultation. They have no right to ask the reason for your request.

Although authorities can refuse vexatious requests and those that would be disproportionately expensive to fulfil, the Act requires them to help you as far as is reasonable.