UPDATED 10 APRIL 2015 – As of 9 April 2015 Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and the Manchester New Moston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses have lost all appeals and attempts to prevent an investigation by the Charity Commission for England and Wales into their activities.
In June 2014 the Charity Commission for England and Wales announced an investigation into Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of Britain and a number of congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. On 22 December 2014 the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower lodged a Notice of Appeal against the investigation (Appeal Number CA/2014/0023) with the intent of preventing the Charity Commission investigating their charity status and activities. The appeal lodged by Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses was outside the six month statutory time limit. On 23 December 2014 the Tribunal issued directions in relation to the late lodging of the appeal giving the Charity Commission until 13 January 2015 to provide a response to the Tribunal as to whether they accept the late appeal.
Documents Relating to the Investigation
NEW New Moston Congregation v Charity Commission – Tribunal Decision (09 April 2015) – pdf
NEW Charity Tribunal Rejects Watchtower’s Application to Appeal – Decision (02 April 2015) – pdf
NEW Watch Tower v Charity Tribunal Ruling (02 April 2015) – pdf
Watch Tower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Decision (14 January 2015) – pdf
Watchtower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Directions (23 December 2014) – pdf
Watchtower v Charity Commission – Tribunal Directions – 23 December 2014 – pdf
Press release Charity Commission announces investigation into Jehovah’s Witnesses (10 June 2014) – pdf
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