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Fair Employment Tribunal (Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

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7.—(1) Where a tribunal is composed of three members its decision may be taken by a majority; and if a tribunal is composed of two members only, the chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

(2) The decision of a tribunal which may be given orally at the end of a hearing or reserved shall be recorded in a document signed by the chairman which shall specify the reasons for the decision.

(3) The clerk shall send the document referred to in paragraph (2) to the Secretary who shall enter it in the Register and shall send a copy of the entry to each of the parties.

(4) The reasons for the decision shall be omitted from the Register in any case in which –

(a)evidence has been heard in private and the tribunal so directs; or

(b)the tribunal on the application of the applicant so directs on the ground that disclosure will be contrary to his interests,

and in that event a specification of the reasons shall be sent to each of the parties, and to any superior court in any proceedings relating to the decision, together with the copy of the entry in the Registry of the document referred to in paragraph (3).

(5) Clerical mistakes in the document referred to in paragraph (2) or errors arising in that document from an accidental slip or omission, may at any time be corrected by the chairman by certificate.

(6) If a document is corrected by certificate under paragraph (5) or if a decision is –

(a)reviewed, varied or revoked under rule 8; or

(b)altered in any way by order of a superior court,

the Secretary shall alter the entry in the Register to conform with any such certificate or order and shall send a copy of the entry so altered to each of the parties.

(7) Where a document omitted from the Register pursuant to paragraph (4) is corrected by certificate under paragraph (5), the Secretary shall send a copy of the corrected document to each of the parties; and where there are proceedings before any superior court relating to the decision in question, he shall send a copy to that court together with a copy of the entry in the Register of the document referred to in paragraph (2), if it has been altered under paragraph (6).

(8) Where this rule requires a document to be signed by the chairman of a tribunal composed of three or two persons, but by reason of death or incapacity the chairman is unable to sign it, the document shall be signed by the other members or member of the tribunal, who shall certify that the chairman is unable to sign.

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