Charity Tribunal's first case delayed

The Tribunals Service has admitted that the Charity Tribunal's first case is unlikely to be completed within its 30-week target period after the directions hearing was postponed for three weeks.

The appeal was mounted in May by the spiritual leader of Sivayogam, a temple serving Tamils in south London, who was removed as a trustee by the Charity Commission earlier this year amid concerns that the charity's income had been misused (11 June, page 5).

The directions hearing, at which the date of the final hearing is set, was due to happen last Friday. A spokeswoman for the Tribunals Service said she regretted that the 30-week target would probably be missed, but said the postponement had been agreed by all parties.

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