Blondie is correct. There are no set standards in this regard. I assume that this process continues to this day. When I was an Elder we made one simple phone call in some cases, or a personal visit in other cases, with two Elders on the line or at the door, and if the person did not want to meet, we then formed a JC with a third Elder and DF'd the individual. We later called the person, two Elders again, and informed them of the decision, and the right to appeal. In one case, after a few failed attempts to contact the person, her parents insisted she be DF'd. We met with her parents in the Parking Lot just before the Service Meeting, and DF'd the young lady. We then had her parents deliver the news to her, because she had barred all contact from the Elders. Each situation calls for different actions. Sometimes, some individuals would meet with the JC several times, wanting to remain in the congregation, but the Elders on the JC were not convinced of the person's repentance, and chose to DF. The Elders then informed the person right there of the right to appeal. In my years as a JW, I only know of two persons to appeal, and both failed to overturn a JC decision.