The Scientology Justice
system is the Church of Scientology
's internal means of assessing and dealing with violations of their code of ethics
. These violations include those outside of the Church as well as within it.The Scientology Handbook
, a compilation of texts by founder L. Ron Hubbard
, says "When the individual fails to put in his own ethics
, the group takes action against him and this is called justice" and also notes that "Man cannot be trusted with justice. The truth is, man cannot really be trusted with 'punishment'." Church of Scientology, The Scientology Handbook
, 1994 hardcover edition, pg.361–362.
Committee of Evidence
A committee of evidence is usually referred to by the abbreviated term, "Comm Ev" and is a tribunal
that deals with serious offenses. According to Scientology policy, the comm ev is only convened at a church member's request or when there is evidence of serious wrongdoing by a church member.
Administratively, the comm ev is initiated by a convening authority, usually the LRH Communicator of the organization. This person does so at the request, usually, of another church executive who makes formal accusations of violations of church ethics
codes. A chairman
, a secretary
, and two to five other members are chosen by the convening authority who must be "senior" to the accused.Hubbard Communications Office, HCOPL 24 February 1972,... Read More