In the course of its work, the 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 or member of the public is dissatisfied with a decision we have made, they have a statutory right to appeal our decision to the Charity Tribunal.
The Commission has an internal decision review process that organisations may use to challenge a decision. This review procedure offers an opportunity for decisions made by the Commission to be reviewed internally. 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 original decision was made.
You do not need to use the Commission’s internal review procedure. Please note that the time limit for appealing a decision of the Commission to the Charity Tribunal runs regardless of the fact that you have applied for a decision review by the Commission.
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 decisions which can be appealed to the Charity Tribunal are listed in Schedule 3 to the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (external link). We do not review any matters which cannot be appealed to the Charity Tribunal.
CCNI EG017 Challenging a decision of the Commission.
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Should you have any questions please read our guidance on decision review below. If you would like to apply to the Commission for a decision review, please use the online Decision review: application form:
Decision review: application form