It is generally considered that proceedings before the Tribunal are less formal than in a traditional court room. However, particularly in cases heard in the Tribunal’s permanent hearing centres where the hearing room looks like a small courtroom (and in those other hearing centres elsewhere which are actually courtrooms), the signs of informality are often hard to discern. Indeed, there are some aspects of the hearing which to a lay observer would seem anything but informal.
8.5.1 Layout of the Tribunal room
Main Tribunal centres and other courts
As noted, the Tribunal’s permanent hearing rooms are usually decorated like small courtrooms, with a slightly raised platform for the judges.