Neutral citations for consistory court judgments

The Ecclesiastical Judges Association has decided that neutral citations should be introduced for judgments of consistory courts, in line with the practice for citing judgments of the secular courts. In short, the citation will consist of:

  1. the year;
  2. for consistory courts, “ECC” followed by a three-letter abbreviation for the diocese: e.g. “Chi” for “Chichester”; or
  3. in the case of appeals, “EACC” for the Court of Arches or “EACY” for the Chancery Court of York; and
  4. the number of the judgment for the particular year in question.

The Dean of Arches and Auditor, Charles George QC, has issued the following Practice Direction setting out the new system in detail: Continue reading