Glossary of Terms

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National Security Certificate Appeals Tribunal (NSCAT)

This Tribunal is responsible for determining appeals against national security certificates in proceedings claiming an act of discrimination relating to employment.
It will consider whether the act complained of was done for the purpose of safeguarding national security, public safety or public order and whether the act was justified for that purpose.

Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service

The Northern Ireland Court Service (the Court Service) was established in 1979, by the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978, as a separate civil service in Northern Ireland. It was the Lord Chancellor's department in Northern Ireland.

Upon devolution (12 April 2010) it was re-branded the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS) when it became an agency of the Department of Justice.

Its role is to:

  • Provide administrative support for the Northern Ireland courts and Judiciary;

  • Enforce civil court judgments through a centralised enforcement service provided by the Enforcement of Judgments Office;

  • Support the Minister of Justice in discharging his ministerial responsibilities in Northern Ireland, including responsibility for judicial appointments and legal aid; and

  • Provide administrative support for Tribunals.

Additional information can be found on the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service website.

Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission (NIJAC)

Established in June 2005, NIJAC selects, recommends and appoints applicants for judicial office in Northern Ireland. It does so, on merit, through fair and open competition and by selecting from the widest possible range of eligible applicants.

It is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) which has responsibility for ensuring that the statutory purposes of the organisation are being fulfilled and that the use of resources by it as a public body is appropriate and effective.

Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman (NIJAO)

The NIJAO investigates complaints from applicants for judicial appointments where maladministration or unfairness is alleged to have occurred in the process by:

  • NIJAC or Committees of the Commission;

  • the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service; or

  • the Lord Chancellor.

Additional information can be found on the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman website.

Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal (NIVT)

The NIVT is responsible for determining appeals from the Commissioner of Valuation for NI, in respect of domestic rates and other rating appeals, including those relating to disability, education and lone pensioner rating relief.

Additional information can be found on the Northern Ireland Courts & Tribunal Service website.