When necessary, a Spiritual Assembly has the prerogative to appoint individuals or committees to work on its behalf with the friends because it is obviously impossible for the body to meet with every believer on every matter, especially as the membership of the community grows. The Assembly may determine the best approach in each instance in order to ensure it has the necessary information to reach a decision and to satisfy the requirements that each situation presents. As to your questions about the implications of the prohibition on backbiting on the
functioning of Spiritual Assemblies and the committees they appoint, it is suggested that you turn to your National Assembly for guidance.
(Universal House of Justice, to an individual, 14 June 2016)