The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Charity Tribunal

Readers may recall that in January the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, governing body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, appealed to the First-tier Tribunal (Charity) against the Charity Commission’s decision to open a statutory inquiry into various issues within the denomination. The Commission, alerted to concerns about the way in which a congregation in Manchester was alleged to have dealt with a former trustee who had served nine months in prison for the indecent assault of two girls, had announced in June 2014 that it was looking into a number of issues, including the administration, governance and management of the charity and its safeguarding policies. A separate application for a judicial review of the Commission’s decision was rejected on 12 December. Continue reading