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 for tribunal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tribunal \Tri*bu"nal\, n. [L. tribunal, fr. tribunus a tribune
     who administered justice: cf. F. tribunal. See Tribune.]
     1. The seat of a judge; the bench on which a judge and his
        associates sit for administering justice.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Hence, a court or forum; as, the House of Lords, in
        England, is the highest tribunal in the kingdom.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tribunal \Tri`bu*nal"\, n. [Sp.]
     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.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct
           judicial business [syn: court, tribunal, judicature]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  67 Moby Thesaurus words for "tribunal":
     British Cabinet, Sanhedrin, US Cabinet, advisory body, assembly,
     association, balcony, bar, bench, board, body of advisers,
     borough council, brain trust, cabinet, camarilla, catafalque,
     chamber, city council, common council, conference, congress,
     consultative assembly, council, council fire, council of ministers,
     council of state, council of war, county council, court,
     court of justice, curial, dais, deliberative assembly, diet,
     directory, divan, emplacement, estrade, floor, gallery, heliport,
     hustings, judicial, judiciary, junta, kitchen cabinet, landing,
     landing pad, landing stage, launching pad, legislature,
     parish council, platform, podium, privy council, pulpit, rostrum,
     soapbox, soviet, staff, stage, step terrace, stump, syndicate,
     synod, terrace, tribune

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  TRIBUNAL. The seat of a judge; the place where he administers justice; but 
  by this term is more usually understood the whole body of judges who compose 
  a jurisdiction sometimes it is taken for the jurisdiction which they 
       2. This term is Latin, and derives its origin from the elevated seat 
  where the tribunes administered justice. 

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