Bahá'i History - 1st Universal House of Justice
Bahá'u'lláh's Revelation gives God's message to humanity for today, and it includes a unifying, democratically-elected administration, free of the influence of any clergy, power base or appointed rulers. In 1963, the Bahá’is of the world elected the first Universal House of Justice, the supreme administrative body of the Faith.
~ Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 128-129.
This remarkable institution—the planet’s first truly global elected body—now administers, directs and lovingly guides the worldwide Bahá’i community. You can view the website of the Universal House of Justice here: " universalhouseofjustice.bahai.org"
Elected bodies, usually composed of nine members, make all of the legislative decisions in the Bahá’i Faith—no individual Bahá’i, not even members of the House of Justice, has any more power or authority than another individual. At the local level, elected Local Spiritual Assemblies direct the affairs of the community; and at the national level, National Spiritual Assemblies are elected by delegates from local communities each year. Those National Spiritual Assembly members elect the Universal House of Justice every five years (in years ending with '3' and '8').
This democratic process insures that the Bahá'i Faith follows a united path, and explains one major reason why this Faith—unlike every older world religion—has not divided into sects or denominations and remains unified almost two centuries into its history.
The Universal House of Justice, also sometimes known by its initials “UHJ,” resides in the Holy Land at the Bahá’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel.