The appropriate tribunal1, before it determines the main question, has a duty to inquire and decide whether it has jurisdiction to do so, and is entitled to decide a collateral question on which its jurisdiction depends2. The county court, however, provides an alternative forum for determining whether a particular contract is within the tribunal's jurisdiction3. The tribunal has a discretion whether to decide the preliminary question itself or whether to adjourn the reference in order that an application may be made to the county court. In exercising this discretion the tribunal should look at all the circumstances including the
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