Glossary of Terms

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Industrial Tribunals

Industrial Tribunals are independent judicial bodies in Northern Ireland that hear and determine claims to do with employment matters.

The Office of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (OITFET) is staffed by personnel responsible for the administration and organisation of both the tribunals.

These include a range of claims relating to unfair dismissal, breach of contract, wages and other payments, as well as, discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, part time working and equal pay.

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

Inn of Court

The Inn of Court of Northern Ireland was established at a meeting of the Bench and Bar held on 11 January 1926. Prior to that date, and following the coming into force of the Government of Ireland Act 1920, the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland had, under the appropriate warrants, called members of Bar to the Inner Bar in Northern Ireland as King’s Counsel.

While the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland has existed for some time as a concept, it had lacked the premises to conduct social gatherings, hold meetings and training events until the opening of the Bar Library premises in Chichester Street.

Now the Inn provides a venue for a variety of functions, some of which have involved the wider business community and offers training opportunities.


An inquiry into an unexplained death, conducted by a Coroner (sometimes sitting with a jury), to determine who died and in what circumstances, but without attributing criminal or civil liability to anyone who may have been responsible for the death.