High Court Confirms Test for Confirming Decisions of Inferior Tribunals

Irish courts are often given jurisdiction to “confirm” decisions of specialist tribunals, particularly professional disciplinary bodies.  Such bodies may be required to have particular decisions (eg decisions sanctioning a member) confirmed if the member does not appeal the decision.  Confirmation by a court of the decision serves two purposes: (1) it confirms that a proper or sufficient standard of justice has been applied by the specialist tribunal in its decision-making; (2) it allows more effective enforcement (eg by contempt of court) if a party fails to abide by the decision.

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