Definition of tribunal in English:



  • 1A court of justice.

    ‘an international war crimes tribunal’
    • ‘Some commentators have also expressed scepticism about the international courts, tribunals and committees which pronounce upon human rights.’
    • ‘Everybody will be sending their courts and tribunals into other jurisdictions, and then you have a tremendous mess and it is not the mess that the federal arrangements seem to contemplate.’
    • ‘These tribunals are essential kangaroo courts.’
    • ‘This may be a court (other than the superior courts), tribunal or other public authority.’
    • ‘In such cases, trial court judgments may be reviewed by appellate tribunals, with the Supreme Court having final judgment.’
    • ‘Then we each can hold war crimes tribunals and let justice prevail.’
    • ‘So we're looking at international tribunals such as the International Court of Justice or the UN Standing Committee on Torture.’
    • ‘Employers' organisations also challenged the power of the Commonwealth tribunal in the High Court.’
    • ‘Everyone has the right to equality before the courts and tribunals of law.’
    • ‘In the judicial branch the Supreme Court of Justice is the highest tribunal.’
    • ‘In practice there seems no good reason why the present approach of handling environment-related cases within the existing system of international courts and tribunals should not continue to work.’
    • ‘We should devise a system that draws on both national courts and an international tribunal.’
    • ‘Amending legislation may also be necessary if the tribunal loses an expected Supreme Court appeal.’
    • ‘One sees, of course, that there are sometimes decisions of the International Court and of tribunals and they have a greater status.’
    • ‘It is encouraging that various instruments, including war crimes tribunals and the International Court of Justice, have been put in place to address and redress past wrongs.’
    • ‘It is probably there that the reference to legal services to be provided in proceedings in federal courts and tribunals would need to be inserted.’
    • ‘That freedom necessarily extends to the workings of the courts and tribunals which administer and enforce the laws of this country.’
    court, court of justice, court of law, law court, bar
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    1. 1.1A seat or bench for a judge or judges.
      judges, magistrates, judiciary, judicature
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Late Middle English (denoting a seat for judges): from Old French, or from Latin tribunal raised platform provided for magistrates’ seats from tribunus (see tribune).