Decision review

In the course of its work, the Charity Commission can take a wide range of decisions. We can decide:

  • whether or not to register an organisation as a charity.
  • whether or not to make schemes relating to charity property.
  • whether to issue a direction or an order to compel a charity to comply with some aspect of charity law.
  • if we need to take any action after carrying out an enquiry into a concern received about a charity.

We make every effort to ensure we come to the right decision on every occasion, and that the decision made is in the best interests of the organisation involved. Inevitably, however, there will be times when charities or members of the public may think we have not taken the correct decision.

If an organisation disagrees with a decision we have made, they have a statutory right to appeal our decision to the Charity Tribunal. The aim of our decision review process is to allow charities to challenge our decisions before they make an appeal to the Tribunal. This means we have the opportunity to ensure our decision is correct and that it is a proper exercise of our powers. It also means that organisations can say they disagree with us without the costs involved in taking a disagreement to the Tribunal. It is a straightforward, quick and cost-effective way of challenging a decision and/or allows us to process any new information which may have come to light in the period after the decision was made.

We will endeavour to have the decision review carried out by a person who was not involved in making the original decision and, whenever possible, senior to the original decision maker.

Decision review is not a statutory right, but we will consider an application for a review if the decision is also one which the organisation can take to a tribunal. The types of matters which can be heard by the Charity Tribunal are listed in Section 3 to the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. We do not review any matters which cannot be appealed to the Charity Tribunal.

Should you have any questions please read our guidance on decision review entitled ‘Challenging a decision of the Commission’ and you can also refer to the FAQs below. A copy of the 'Decision review application form' is also available to download.

If this does not help, please contact us on:

Telephone: 028 3832 0220

Textphone: 028 3834 7639

Email: Post: Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
257 Lough Road
BT66 6NQ



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