Ecclesiastical court judgments – September

Review of the ecclesiastical court judgments during September 2021

The five consistory court judgments circulated in September featured reordering, extensions & other building works, churchyards and burials, and organs. This post also includes CDM Decisions and Safeguarding, Reports from the Independent Reviewer, Privy Council Business,  Other reports,  visitations, &c, and CFCE Determinations, as well as links to other posts relating to ecclesiastical law.


Reordering, extensions and other building works


Reordering and alternative uses

Re St. Philip & St. James Hallow [2021] ECC Wor 5 The Petitioners sought permission for the reordering of the north aisle of the Grade II* Victorian church by the removal of 10 pews and the introduction of 30 new stacking chairs and 5 new stacking tables. This would provide space for meetings for adults or children, the serving of food, musicians, parking of push-chairs and chair seating for services [1]. The petition follows an application for a faculty which was granted in 2018, providing for the installation of an accessible toilet facility, replacement servery and disposal of 3 pews only north aisle. This earlier petition also requested the removal of all the pews in the north aisle, but the faculty was restricted to 3 only, as at that time the then Chancellor had “seen no evidence to justify the removal of more than three” [2]. Continue reading