Attorney-General v Governors of Christ’s Hospital: 3 Mar 1896

The Attorney-General proposed a scheme to except certain endowments from the 1869 Act. They would be made over to another governing body in augmentation of the endowments held by them subject to the provisions of that Act.
Held: The court declined. Chitty J said: ‘I hold that it is beyond the jurisdiction of the Court to sanction the Attorney-General’s scheme in the face of the opposition of the existing governing body. Their title is founded on Royal Charter, and is established by Act of Parliament. To whatever lengths the Court may have gone, it has never assumed legislative authority: it has never by a stroke of the pen at one and the same time revoked a Royal Charter and repealed an Act of Parliament. It has never ousted from its rights of administering the charitable trusts of such a body as the present governors against their will, and that, too, in a case where no breach of trust is charged.’ To establish such a scheme as that submitted by the Attorney-General nothing less than an Act of Parliament would suffice.
Chitty J
[1896] 1 Ch 879, [1896] UKLawRpCh 34
Endowed Schools Act 1869
England and Wales
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Updated: 25 August 2021; Ref: scu.225531