tri·bu·nal /traɪˈbjunḷ, trɪ-/
1. The seat of a judge; the bench on which a judge and his associates sit for administering justice.
2. Hence, a court or forum; as, the House of Lords, in England, is the highest tribunal in the kingdom.
Tri·bu·nal n. In villages of the Philippine Islands, a kind of townhall. At the tribunal the head men of the village met to transact business, prisoners were confined, and troops and travelers were often quartered.
n : an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct
judicial business [syn: court, judicature]