Ecclesiastical Law Update – February 2020

The papers for the Church of England’s February General Synod include a number of items of interest to ecclesiastical lawyers: Progress of Measures and Statutory Instruments (to be found in Contingency Business, Notice Papers, and Order Papers); and a 32-page Table of Legislative and Non-legislative Business Transacted, 2015 to 2020, GS Misc 1237. A copy of the former is reproduced below, with links to the relevant legislation added.

Progress of Measures and Statutory Instruments

The Church Representation and Ministers Measure 2019 received Royal Assent on 4th July 2019 and came into force on 1 January 2020.

The Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure was deemed expedient by the Ecclesiastical Committee and laid before both Houses of Parliament on 4th November 2019. It is awaiting consideration.

The Faculty Jurisdiction (Amendment) Rules 2019 were laid before both Houses of Parliament on 6 August 2019 and will come into force on 1 April 2020.

The Legislative Reform (Patronage of Benefices) Order 2019 was laid before both Houses of Parliament on 6 August 2019 and came into force on 1 January 2020. [Note: this is an Order, not a Measure as indicated, and made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 1 and 9 of the Legislative Reform Measure 2018].

The Church Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution 2019 was laid before both Houses of Parliament on 6 August 2019 and came into force (in part) on 1 September 2019 and, so far as not already in force, 1 January 2020.

The Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2019 was laid before both Houses of Parliament on 6 August 2019 and came into force on 1 January 2020.

The Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2019 was laid before both Houses of Parliament on 6 August 2019 and came into force on 1 January 2020.

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Ecclesiastical Law Update – February 2020" in Law & Religion UK, 7 February 2020, https://lawandreligionuk.com/2020/02/07/ecclesiastical-law-update-february-2020-2/

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