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The Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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4.  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

“the Administration Act” means the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992(1);

the Order” means the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(2);

“appeal tribunal” means an appeal tribunal constituted under Chapter I of Part II of the Order;

“authorised officer” means an officer authorised by the Lord Chancellor in accordance with Article 15(13) of the Order;

“the chairman” for the purposes of regulations 9 and 10 means—


the person who was the chairman or sole member of the appeal tribunal which gave the decision against which leave to appeal is being sought; or


any other person authorised to deal with applications for leave to appeal to a Commissioner against that decision under Article 15 of the Order;

“Commissioner” means the Chief Social Security Commissioner or any other Social Security Commissioner and includes a tribunal of two or more Commissioners constituted under Article 16(7) of the Order;

the Department” means the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland;

“forfeiture rule question” means any question referred to in Article 6(1) or 6(1A) to 6(1H) of the Forfeiture (Northern Ireland) Order 1982(3);

“legally qualified” means being a solicitor or barrister;

“month” means a calendar month;

“office” means the Office of the Social Security Commissioners;

“party” means a party to the proceedings;

“proceedings” means any proceedings before a Commissioner, whether by way of an application for leave to appeal to, or from, a Commissioner by way of an appeal or reference, or otherwise; and

“respondent” means any person or organisation other than the applicant, appellant or person making the reference, who is one of the principal parties as defined in Article 14 of the Order or is otherwise taking part in the proceedings in accordance with Article 15 of the Order or regulation 24(6).


S.I. 1982/1082 (N.I. 14) paragraphs (1A) to (1H) were inserted by Article 77(1) of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 [S.I. 1986/1888 (N.I. 18)]

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