Legal ramifications of the tribunal’s findings

In all the hype, the exact nature and purpose of a tribunal have become confused. It is not a court, nor is its chairman a judge in the normal sense – which may explain last week’s attacks on Moriarty

26th March, 2011

The function of a tribunal of inquiry is to act as an investigator, though this is sometimes misunderstood by the public.

A tribunal is in essence a fact-finding mission which may make recommendations in light of its findings.

The inquisitional powers conferred on a tribunal under the 1921 Tribunal of Inquiry (Evidence) Act empower a tribunal chairman to initiate an investigation, summon and examine witnesses to give evidence about issues under investigation, in contrast to...

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