181 The role of the courts

The High Court1 is the principal forum for the exercise of charity jurisdiction and the powers of the Charity Commission and the Attorney General are to some extent derived from it2. The county court has jurisdiction in equity matters but this is very rarely used in the case of charities. The First-tier Tribunal (Charity)3 rather than the High Court now hears appeals from certain specified decisions, directions or orders of the Commission and may review particular matters on the application of the Attorney General or other designated persons4. In addition, the Commission or the

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