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Legal Systems of Scottish Churches

Edited by Marjory MacLean


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Explains the laws of the Church of Scotland, Scottish Episcopalian Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland

Solicitors and counsel in Scotland receive little training in the information systems of the Churches in Scotland. This makes it difficult for them to advise on church law or appear in ecclesiastical courts, tribunals or commissions. Following well-received seminars on the Church of Scotland's legal system in 2007, and with additional contributions from the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Roman Catholic Church, this book was specially written to fill this gap. It includes chapters on the various Churches' polity, processes and judicial procedures, including the Church of Scotland’s Judicial Commission and disciplinary processes.

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1. Presbyterian Governance, Marjory A MacLean
2. Commissions and Judicial Bodies, Finlay A J Macdonald
3. Procedure in Church Courts, Marjory A MacLean
4. The Presbyterial Commission: Law and Practice, Jeanette S Wilson
5. Scottish Episcopal Church: Polity, Law and Governance, Sheriff A B Wilkinson, QC
6. Scottish Episcopal Church: Judicial Procedures I – General, Sheriff A B Wilkinson, QC
7. Scottish Episcopal Church: Judicial Procedures II – Clergy Discipline, Offences and Accusations (Canon 54), Sheriff A B Wilkinson, QC
8. A Note on Roman Catholic Canon Law, Francis Gill, WS
Appendix: Standing Orders of the General Assembly (excerpt)