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Administration of the Baha'i Faith

International system, originating in Baha’i scripture, that governs the affairs of the Bahá’í Faith, which has no clergy and no professional learned class; a framework based on elected councils that hold legislative, executive, and judicial authority and on appointed individuals whose role is to protect, advise, and influence the Bahá’í community; the embryonic form of the future world order envisioned by Bahá’u’lláh.

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More than 100 years after the passing of Baha'u'llah, the single worldwide Baha'i community is knit together by a network of elected institutions. Baha’u’llah taught that in an age of universal education, there was no longer a need for a special class of clergy. Instead, he provided a framework for administering the affairs of the Faith through a system of elected councils at the local, national and international levels. All Baha'i elections occur through secret ballot and plurality vote, without candidacies, nominations or campaigning.

The Universal House of Justice

The Universal House of Justice is the supreme governing institution of the Baha’i faith. It is a legislative institution with the authority to supplement and apply the laws of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, and exercises a judicial function as the highest appellate institution in the Baha’i administration. The institution was defined in the writings of Baha’u’llah and `Abdu'l-Bahá, Baha’u’llah’s successor, and was officially established in 1963 as the culmination of the Ten Year Crusade, an international Bahá'í teaching plan.

Its nine members are elected every five years from the male membership in good standing of the world community by an electoral college consisting of all the members of each Baha’i National Spiritual Assembly throughout the world. The Seat of the Universal House of Justice and its members reside in Haifa, Israel, on the slope of Mount Carmel.

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