A119 Amend Canon IV.17.3 and .4 on the Term of Office for the Disciplinary Board for Bishops

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,

That the 80th General Convention amend Canon IV.17.3 and .4 to read as follows.

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Canon IV.17

Sec. 3.

a. The Disciplinary Board for Bishops is hereby established as a court of the Church to have original jurisdiction over matters of discipline of Bishops, to hear Bishops' appeals from imposition of restriction on ministry or placement on Administrative Leave and to determine venue issues as provided in Canon IV.19.5.

b. The Disciplinary Board for Bishops shall consist of ten Bishops elected by the House of Bishops at a regularly meeting of the General Convention, and four Priests or Deacons and four lay persons elected by the House of Deputies at a regular meeting of the General Convention. All lay persons elected or appointed to serve shall be confirmed adult communicants in good standing.

c. Members of the Board shall serve staggered terms, with the terms of one half of the Bishops and one half of the lay persons, Priests and Deacons collectively expiring upon the adjournment of every regular meeting of the General Convention.

d. Unless elected or appointed to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, each member shall serve from the first day of January following the adjournment of the General Convention at which the member was elected, until the last day of December following the adjournment of the second regular meeting of the General Convention following election and until the member’s successor is elected and qualifies.

e. A vacancy among the member Bishops shall be filled by the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of the Bishop members of Executive Council. A vacancy among the other members shall be filled by the President of the House of Deputies with the advice and consent of the lay, Priest and Deacon members of Executive Council.

f. Notwithstanding any expiration of a member’s term of office, there shall be no change in the composition of any Hearing Panel while a matter is pending before the Panel; and a member of the Board sitting on such a Panel and whose term of office otherwise would expire shall nevertheless continue in office until the matter is resolved and solely for that purpose.

Sec. 4. Within sixty days following each General Convention, the Board shall convene to elect a president for the following interval between regular meetings of the General Convention. The president shall be a Bishop. If there is no president, the Bishop who is senior by consecration shall perform the duties of the president.

 

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Canon IV.17

Sec. 3.

a. The Disciplinary Board for Bishops is hereby established as a court of the Church to have original jurisdiction over matters of discipline of Bishops, to hear Bishops' appeals from imposition of restriction on ministry or placement on Administrative Leave and to determine venue issues as provided in Canon IV.19.5.

b. The Disciplinary Board for Bishops shall consist of ten (10) Bishops elected by the House of Bishops at a regularly scheduled session meeting of the General Convention, and four (4) Priests or Deacons and four (4) lay persons elected by the House of Deputies at a regular meeting of the General Convention. All lay persons elected or appointed to serve shall be confirmed adult communicants in good standing.

c. Members of the Board shall serve staggered terms of six (6) years, with the terms of one half of the Bishops and one half of the lay persons, Priests and Deacons collectively expiring upon the adjournment of every regular meeting of the General Convention three years.

d. Unless elected or appointed to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, each member shall serve from the first day of January following the adjournment of the General Convention at which the member was elected, until the last day of December following the adjournment of the second regular meeting of the General Convention following election and until the member’s successor is elected and qualifies; however, there shall be no change in the composition of any Hearing Panel while a matter is pending unresolved before the Hearing Panel.

e. A vacancy among the member Bishops shall be filled appointed by the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of the Bishop members of Executive Council. A vacancy among the other lay or Priest or Deacon members shall be filled by the President of the House of Deputies with the advice and consent of the lay, Priest and Deacon members of Executive Council.

f. Notwithstanding any expiration of a member’s term of office, there shall be no change in the composition of any Hearing Panel while a matter is pending before the Panel; and a member of the Board sitting on such a Panel and whose term of office otherwise would expire shall nevertheless continue in office until the matter is resolved and solely for that purpose.

Sec. 4. Within sixty days following each General Convention, the Board shall convene to elect a president for the following triennium interval between regular meetings of the General Convention. The president shall be a Bishop. If there is no president, the Bishop who is senior by consecration shall perform the duties of the president.