Per Article 16 of the Covenant of the ITNJ (contained in the Constitution of the ITNJ), the ITNJ can hear all disputes where people have suffered deprivation of their human rights. If you have suffered wrongs and you seek justice, then you are able to apply to the INTJ.
Priority will be given to those applications where a hearing has, or hearings have already taken place, and where all legal avenues have been exhausted within the applicant’s State jurisdiction.
All applications must be submitted electronically. Please note that while there is facility for uploading all supporting documentation necessary to demonstrate the grounds for your case, file size is limited to 10 MB and illegible documents will be returned. Please also note that the Registrar’s office does not have the staff to read hundreds of pages of prior case history, so we ask that you provide a concise overview of prior case history to expedite review of your application.
After submitting an online application, the applicant must:
- Serve a copy of the application on each party (i.e., co-respondents) as soon as practicable, or within five business days after the application is filed. This may be done personally, or via registered post or electronic means;
- File an Affidavit of Service with the ITNJ, outlining the details of service, within five business days of serving the application. The original hard copy of the Affidavit of Service (with inked signatures) must be posted to the Registrar, and an electronic copy must be sent via email to [email protected].
Once the Tribunal has received your application, the Registrar will consider your application and contact you regarding its status in due course.
If the Registrar has accepted your application, the Registrar will request that you post a paper copy of the full application to the London office. You will then be notified regarding a Directions Hearing before a Judge. The purpose of the Directions Hearing is to set a timetable for the actual hearing, including, if necessary, orders for the filing and service of all material to be relied upon at that hearing.
If the Registrar has rejected your application or refused any attached documents, he or she will provide you with reasons for that decision. You may appeal such a decision to the Chief Justice within 14 working days of the decision. The Chief Justice has discretion to either overrule the Registrar’s decision and in turn accept the application or document, or follow the Registrar’s decision, in which case unfortunately there are no other avenues for redress.
Please note that while there is facility for uploading all supporting documentation necessary to demonstrate the grounds for your case, file size is limited to 10 MB and illegible documents will be returned. Please also note that the Registrar’s office does not have the staff to read hundreds of pages of prior case history, so we ask that you provide a concise overview of prior case history to expedite review of your application.
The ITNJ is a self-financed court by the people for the people, and as such, it requires funding from the people. The ITNJ accepts and encourages donations, but it also requires funding by way of application and court fees.
The application fee is 1,000GBP, and is necessary for the commencement of proceedings. The fee goes towards the range of services offered by the Registrar and court staff as they process the applications.
There is a daily court sitting fee of 2,000GBP if a hearing is conducted in person. If a hearing is conducted virtually, there is a lesser daily court sitting fee of 1,000GBP. Parties may elect to have a particular mode of hearing, but in some circumstances, a virtual hearing may not be appropriate, given the complexity of the matter, or any other reason. As such, the hearing will have to be conducted in person. The location of such a hearing shall be as convenient as possible for all parties.
If you would like to appeal an earlier decision of the Tribunal, there is a 1,000GBP filing fee attached to your application. Appeal hearings also incur a daily court sitting fee of 2,000GBP per day for in person hearings or 1,000GBP for virtual hearings.
Criteria for Waiver of Fees
If you wish to apply to have your court fees waived, the Tribunal may waive your fees either in part or in full, where it is believed that payment will cause you financial hardship.
The initial application fee of 1,000GBP is required in order to have your application processed, and in fact, your application is not complete and is not reviewed by the Registrar until payment of the fee is received. However, after that point, you may apply for a waiver of fees, which shall relate to all fees already paid as well as those that may fall due in the future, in relation to that proceeding.
If you subsequently make another application to the Tribunal, you will be required to complete another Application for Waiver of Fees form, to ensure that your personal circumstances have not substantially changed.
Forms and Practice Directions
Please refer to the appropriate Practice Directions for guidance in completing the forms. Please contact the Registrar at [email protected] with questions not answered in the ITNJ Practice Directions.