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 its proceedings are The Fair Employment Tribunal (Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005.

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 registers

Details of claims to the Fair Employment Tribunal and the decisions of the Tribunal are required by law to be kept in registers, which are held at the Office of the Tribunals and are available for inspection by the public free of charge during normal office hours (Mon-Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm).

The register of tribunal claims contains the following information:

  • Case Reference No.
  • Date the claim was received by The Office of the Tribunals
  • Name of the claimant
  • Name of the respondent
  • The type of claim brought (in general terms).

The register of tribunal decisions contains the decisions of the Fair Employment Tribunal.  The main decisions of the Fair Employment Tribunal will be published on this website in February 2007.