The Charity Tribunal is an independent body that can hear appeals against decisions of the Charity Commission, hear applications for review of decisions of the Charity Commission, and consider references from the Attorney General or the Charity Commission on points of law.
But it only has jurisdiction in respect of Charity Commission decisions made on or after 18 March 2008.
The Charity Tribunal was created by the Charities Act 2006 and is a part of the Tribunals Service, an agency of the Ministry of Justice.
Tribunal members are appointed by the Lord Chancellor. The president is Alison McKenna. It has five legal members and seven ordinary members.
The offical name changed to 'First-tier Tribunal (Charity)' on 1 September 2009 as part of a restructure of the Tribunals Service.