Definition of tribunal in English:


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  • 1A court of justice.

    ‘an international war crimes tribunal’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some commentators have also expressed scepticism about the international courts, tribunals and committees which pronounce upon human rights.’
    • ‘One sees, of course, that there are sometimes decisions of the International Court and of tribunals and they have a greater status.’
    • ‘In the judicial branch the Supreme Court of Justice is the highest tribunal.’
    • ‘This may be a court (other than the superior courts), tribunal or other public authority.’
    • ‘These tribunals are essential kangaroo courts.’
    • ‘In such cases, trial court judgments may be reviewed by appellate tribunals, with the Supreme Court having final judgment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We should devise a system that draws on both national courts and an international tribunal.’
    • ‘Then we each can hold war crimes tribunals and let justice prevail.’
    • ‘Employers' organisations also challenged the power of the Commonwealth tribunal in the High Court.’
    • ‘That freedom necessarily extends to the workings of the courts and tribunals which administer and enforce the laws of this country.’
    • ‘Everyone has the right to equality before the courts and tribunals of law.’
    • ‘So we're looking at international tribunals such as the International Court of Justice or the UN Standing Committee on Torture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amending legislation may also be necessary if the tribunal loses an expected Supreme Court appeal.’
    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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/trīˈbyo͞onəl/ /traɪˈbjunəl/ /trəˈbyo͞onəl/ /trəˈbjunəl/


Late Middle English (denoting a seat for judges): from Old French, or from Latin tribunal ‘raised platform provided for magistrate's seats’, from tribunus (see tribune). tribunal (sense 1 of the noun) dates from the early 20th century.