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Equality North East


This section of the website is used to catalogue definitions of terms used throughout this website. To select a word, choose the initial letter of the word below.

Glossary Terms beginning with the letter C :

  • Cautions
    Cautions are given when there is sufficient evidence for a conviction but it is not considered to be in the public interest to institute criminal proceedings. Cautions have traditionally been most used for juvenile and first time offenders.
  • Celibate
    An unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity or to abstain from sexual intercourse
  • Civil Partnership
    Civil Partnership is a new legal relationship, which can be registered by two people of the same sex. It gives same-sex couples the ability to obtain legal recognition for their relationship.
  • Conciliation
    The process of conciliation is a means by which a third party - a conciliator - may help settle a dispute involving employment rights without having to go to court.
  • Constructive Dismissal
    If you have to resign because you cannot bear to work in your job any longer as the result of unfair treatment or harassment where your employer has failed to take any action to investigate your complaint. Take legal advice before resigning!
  • Conviction(s)
    Convictions arise from offences tried at court.
  • Criminal Records
    Contain details of convictions, as well as cautions, reprimands and final warnings etc.