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

Resolved, That the 80th General Convention amend Canon IV.17.3 to read as follows.

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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 and to hear Bishops’ appeals from imposition of restriction on ministry or placement on Administrative Leave.

b. The Disciplinary Board for Bishops consists of ten Bishops elected by the House of Bishops at a regular 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 must be confirmed adult communicants in good standing.

c. Members of the Board will 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 will serve from the adjournment of the General Convention at which the member was elected until the adjournment of the second regular meeting of the General Convention after election and until the member’s successor is elected and qualifies.

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

f. Notwithstanding any expiration of a member’s term of office, there will be no change in the composition of any Conference Panel or Hearing Panel while a matter remains pending before the Panel; and a member of the Board sitting on such a Panel and whose term of office otherwise would expire will 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 must convene to elect a president for the following interval between regular meetings of the General Convention. The president must be a Bishop. If there is no president, the Bishop who is senior by consecration must perform the duties of the president.

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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, and 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 consists of ten Bishops elected by the House of Bishops at a regularly scheduled session regular meeting of the General Convention, and four Priests or Deacons and four lay persons Lay Persons elected by the House of Deputies at a regular meeting of the General Convention. All lay persons Lay Persons elected or appointed to serve shall must be confirmed adult communicants in good standing.

c. Members of the Board shall will serve staggered terms of six years, with the terms of one half one-half of the Bishops and one half one-half of the lay persons Lay Persons, Priests and Deacons collectively expiring every three years upon the adjournment of every regular meeting of the General Convention. A vacancy among the member Bishops shall be appointed by the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of the Bishop members of Executive Council. A vacancy among the 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.

d. Unless elected or appointed to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, each member shall will 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 of the sixth calendar year following the adjournment of the second regular meeting of the General Convention after 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 must be filled by the Presiding Bishop with the advice and consent of the Bishop members of the Executive Council. A vacancy among the other members must be filled by the President of the House of Deputies with the advice and consent of the lay, Priest, and Deacon members of the Executive Council.

f. Notwithstanding any expiration of a member’s term of office, there will be no change in the composition of any Conference Panel or 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 will 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 must convene to elect a president for the following triennium interval between regular meetings of the General Convention. The president shall must be a Bishop. If there is no president, the Bishop who is senior by consecration shall must perform the duties of the president.

And be it further;

Resolved, That the members of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops elected at the 78th General Convention in 2015 will serve until December 31, 2022 and until their successors are elected and qualify; and be it further

Resolved, That the members of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops elected at the 79th General Convention in 2018 will serve until the adjournment of the 81st General Convention and until their successors are elected and qualify; and be it further

Resolved, That the members of the Disciplinary Board for Bishops elected at the 80th General Convention in 2022 will serve from January 1, 2023 until the adjournment of the 82nd General Convention and until their successors are elected and qualify.