IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION FOR REVIEW OF A DECISION OF THE CHARITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND TO THE CHARITY TRIBUNAL FOR NORTHERN IRELAND.

Application No. 11/14

BETWEEN

ULSTER SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (‘USPCA’)

Applicant

and

THE CHARITY COMMISSION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

Respondent

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      DECISION NOTICE AND DIRECTIONS

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UPON READING the Application and the Request for a Direction to allow the application to made after the time limit for so doing had expired, the Summary of the Respondent’s Position and Further Submissions furnished by the Applicant and all associated documentation furnished by the parties;

AND UPON hearing from the solicitors for the parties at a hearing held on 26.02.2014;

IT IS ORDERED THAT:

1.    This application was made after the time limit for so doing had expired, having been lodged on 28.05.2014 against a decision notified to the Applicant by the Respondent on 23.12.2012.           .

2.    Time is extended and the application is admitted for hearing pursuant to Rule 3 of the Charity Tribunal Rules (Northern Ireland) 2010 (‘the Rules’).

3.    A renewed application by the Applicant to adjourn the hearing to determine whether the application was late and, if so, whether to admit the application, is refused.

4.    Pursuant to Rule 18 of the Rules, the Respondent must file a response to the application within 28 days of this Notice being sent to the parties, subject to the requirements of Rule 17(12) having been implemented and the parties notified of same.

5.    By no later than 42 days after receipt of the response from the Respondent, the Tribunal shall issue draft Directions for hearing and invite the parties to make representations in writing on those Directions, being at liberty to make representations for additional or alternative Directions, within 14 days, subject to the parties using their best endeavours to agree any additional or alternative suggested Directions.

Signed:

Damien J. McMahon.                                        30th June 2014.

President