Decision Making Procedures

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An applicant can apply to the Secretary of the Social Welfare Tribunal on a form approved for the purpose by the Tribunal. The form should be accompanied by a statement of the facts and contentions on which the applicant intends to rely.

The applicant has 21 days from the date of receipt of the Deciding Officer's decision that he/she is disqualified for receipt of Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance to apply to the Tribunal.

Late Claims

The application may, with the consent of the Tribunal, be accepted at any time.

Investigation of Claim

On receipt of an application for adjudication, the Secretary of the Tribunal will forward to the employer concerned a copy of the statement submitted by the applicant for the employer's comments on the contents of same.

The Secretary of the Tribunal will also notify the Minister that an application for adjudication has been received from the applicant.

The employer has 14 days from receiving a copy of the statement submitted by the applicant to enter an appearance to the proceedings by sending to the Secretary of the Tribunal a statement showing to what extent the facts and contentions advanced by the applicant are admitted or disputed. The employer may apply to the Tribunal for an extension of the time in which to enter an appearance.

When the Secretary of the Tribunal receives a notice of appearance from the employer a copy of this is sent to the applicant.

The Chairperson of the Tribunal will fix a date, time and place for the hearing and notice is issued by the Secretary of the Tribunal to the applicant, employer and all Tribunal members.

Persons summoned to attend a hearing of the Tribunal may appear and be heard in person or may be represented by a barrister, solicitor or by a representative of a trade union or of an employer's association or, with the consent of the Tribunal, by any other person.

A party to an application may:

  1. Make an opening statement
  2. Call witnesses
  3. Cross-examine any witness called by any other party
  4. Give evidence on his/her own behalf
  5. Address the Tribunal at the close of the evidence.

The Tribunal may postpone or adjourn a hearing from time to time. If, after notice of a hearing has been duly given, any of the parties fail to appear at the hearing, the Tribunal may decide the application or may adjourn the hearing to a later date, provided that before deciding the application the Tribunal shall consider all the evidence before it at the time of the hearing.


A decision of the Tribunal may be taken by a majority of the members.

A decision of the Tribunal is recorded in a document signed by the Chairperson and sealed with the seal of the Tribunal. It is entered in a Register of Adjudications and a copy of the decision is sent to the Minister, to the applicant, to the employer and to any other interested person.


An interested person (including the Minister) may apply to the Tribunal for a review of its decision and, if the Tribunal is satisfied that a material change has occurred in the circumstances of the stoppage of work or of the trade dispute which caused the stoppage of work, or that there is new evidence or new facts which in the opinion of the Tribunal could have affected its decision, it may review its decision and such a review shall be treated as an adjudication under the Act.

A decision of the Tribunal on an application for adjudication is final and conclusive, but an appeal may be made to the High Court on a question of law.

Last modified:04/03/2016