Charity Tribunal abolished in existing form

Amid wider reforms, body becomes part of two-tier tribunal structure

The Charity Tribunal has been abolished in its current form and amalgamated into a new two-tier tribunal structure as part of wider reforms to the service.

As from yesterday, appeals against final decisions of the Charity Commission will be heard in the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal.

Onward appeal will be to the Upper Tribunal and then to the Court of Appeal. Appeals to the High Court will no longer be allowed.

Charity Tribunal president Alison McKenna and the rest of the members of the Charity Tribunal will be transferred into the new structure under ongoing streamlining of the tribunals service.

McKenna will be able to sit in both the Upper Tribunal and the GRC, while the other five legal and seven lay members will sit only in the GRC.

Kevin Sadler, chief executive of the Tribunals Service, said: "The changes are all designed to improve the tribunal process, making it more user-focused, consistent, streamlined and efficient across the board."

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