Fair Employment Tribunal

The Fair Employment Tribunal deals with claims of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion.

The statutory regulations governing Industrial tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal proceedings in Northern Ireland are The Industrial Tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020.

Tribunals are like courts but are not as formal; for example, nobody wears a wig or a gown.  However like a court it must act independently and cannot give legal advice.  Almost all hearings are open to the public.  The Fair Employment Tribunal sits in Belfast.

The parties to a case

Persons (or other bodies) bringing claims to a tribunal are known as claimants and those against whom such claims are brought are known as respondents.  These terms will be used throughout this website.

The public register

From the 27th January 2020 the public register will be changing to a register which will contain a copy of all judgements and written reasons. The register will be accessible to the public without charge at all reasonable hours.