The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have appointed Dr Edward Morgan to oversee the establishment of a National Tribunal Service as part of wide-ranging development of safeguarding structures and processes in the Church.
A barrister and canon lawyer with a Visiting Professorship at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Morgan’s civil sphere practice focuses on corporate liability and directors’ duties, professional regulation, clinical governance, confidentiality and data protection, professional negligence, all forms of employment law, inquests and judicial review. Morgan is also a Fellow of the Cardiff Centre for Law and Religion.
On the ecclesiastical side, Morgan is a judge of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Salford.
The National Tribunal Service is to be established following a 2019-2020 review chaired by Ian Elliott, which the bishops commissioned into safeguarding practices and processes within the Catholic Church.
The Elliott Review was separate from the IICSA report, also released late last year.
The purpose of the National Tribunal Service will be to provide the Catholic Church in England and Wales “with the means and the opportunity to cultivate an internal professional regulatory body for the clergy,” according to a Tuesday press release from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales announcing the appointment.
“The National Tribunal Service will provide the means by which cases of clergy discipline and misconduct may be investigated and adjudicated upon at a national rather than diocesan level,” the press release further explains.