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The Charity Tribunal

The Charity Tribunal was established on 1 April 2010 to hear appeals from decisions made by the Charity Commission. The types of decisions that can be appealed and who may bring an appeal to the tribunal are set out in Schedule 3 of the Charities Act NI 2008.

Currently only certain parts of the legislation have been commenced by the Commission. An up-to-date position regarding the progress of the legislation can be obtained by contacting the Charity Commission directly.

As the Commission has only limited regulatory functions at present, the areas for appeal are also limited. Therefore, while the commencement of the complete Act remains outstanding, it is recommended that any queries regarding potential appeals should be directed, in writing, to:

Charity Tribunal
Tribunals Hearing Centre
2nd Floor, Royal Courts of Justice
Chichester Street 

Tel: 0300 200 7812

All requests for appeal forms should be made, enclosing a copy of the Commission’s decision and should refer to the appropriate parts of the Transitional Provisions Order and Schedule 3, to establish the availability of an appeal.

  • The form for making an appeal to the Northern Ireland Charity Tribunal can be found here.
  • Guidance notes on completing the form can be found here.


Decisions of the Charity Tribunal

Please click this link to view previous decisions made by the Charity Tribunal