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Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963

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Part IXE Deprivation consequent upon certain Judgments, Orders or Decrees of Secular Courts

[F155 Deprivation of priest or deacon following certain proceedings in secular courts.E
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(1)Where a priest or deacon—

(a)is convicted of an offence and a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) is passed on him; or

(b)has a decree of divorce or judicial separation granted against him and the court granting the decree held that the fact on which his wife was entitled to rely was that mentioned in paragraph (a) (adultery), paragraph (b) (behaviour in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent) or paragraph (c) (desertion) of section 1(2) of the M1Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and, in the case of divorce, the decree has been made absolute; or

(c)is found to have committed adultery in a matrimonial cause; or

(d)has an affiliation order made against him; or

(e)has [F2an order made against him under section 2 of the Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates’ Courts Act 1978]; or

(f)has an order under section 27 of the M2Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (wilful neglect by party to marriage to maintain other party or child of the family) made against him,

he shall be liable without further trial to deprivation and disqualification, that is to say, deprivation as from the date on which the sentence, decree, finding or order becomes conclusive of any preferment then held by him and, whether or not he then holds preferment but subject to section 49(5) of this Measure, disqualified from holding preferment.

(2)Where a priest or deacon is liable to deprivation and disqualification by virtue of subsection (1) of this section, then F3. . . the bishop of the relevant diocese shall refer the case to the archbishop of the relevant province with his own recommendation as to the action to be taken and send him a copy of any representations which the priest or deacon may have made to him in writing.

(3)[F4Subject to the provisions of the following subsection] the archbishop to whom a case is referred under subsection (2) of this section shall F5. . . make a declaration of deprivation and disqualification in relation to the priest or deacon concerned unless on consideration of all the circumstances, including the recommendation of the bishop of the relevant diocese and any representations a copy of which has been sent to him under that subsection, he determines that no such declaration shall be made.

Where the archbishop so determines he shall inform the priest or deacon concerned and the bishop of the relevant diocese.

[F6(3A)A declaration shall not be made under this section after the expiry of the period of three years beginning with the date on which the sentence, decree, finding or order, as the case may be, becomes conclusive.]

(4)Where a declaration is to be made under this section, it shall be made by the archbishop or, if the archbishop so directs, by the bishop of the relevant diocese as his commissary, and before making it the archbishop or bishop shall require the registrar of his province or the registrar of his diocese, as the case may be, to give (if it is practicable to do so) not less than fourteen days’ notice in writing to the priest or deacon concerned of the time and place at which the declaration will be made, and if the priest or deacon appears at that time and place he shall be entitled to be present when the declaration is made.

(5)When making a declaration under this section the archbishop or bishop shall be attended by the registrar of his province or the registrar of his diocese, as the case may be.

The declaration shall be reduced to writing and a copy thereof shall be filed in the registry of the relevant diocese.

(6)The functions exercisable under this section by an archbishop shall, during the absence abroad or incapacity through illness of the archbishop or a vacancy in the see, be exercised by the other archbishop.

(7)In this section—

  • affiliation order” means an order under section 44 of the M3National Assistance Act 1948, section 26 of the M4Children Act 1948, section 4 of the M5Affiliation Proceedings Act 1957 . . . F7 section 24 of the M6Ministry of Social Security Act 1966 [F8 . . . F9 section 19 of the M7Supplementary Benefits Act 1976][F10or section 25 of the Social Security Act 1986];

  • relevant diocese” means—

(a)the diocese in which the priest or deacon, in relation : to whom a declaration may be made under this section, holds preferment at the date on which the sentence, decree, finding or order which justifies the making of the declaration becomes conclusive; or

(b)if at that date he is not holding preferment, but is residing, in a diocese, the diocese in which he is residing at that date; or

(c)if at that date he neither holds preferment nor resides in a diocese, the diocese in which he last held preferment before that date;

  • suspended sentence” means a sentence to which an order under section 39(1) of the M8Criminal Justice Act 1967 relates.]

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[F1156 Deprivation of bishop or archbishop following certain proceedings in secular courts.E
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(1)[F12Subject to the provisions of the following subsection] if a bishop or archbishop is convicted of an offence and such a sentence as is mentioned in paragraph (a) of section 55(1) of this Measure is passed on him or such a decree, finding or order as is mentioned in that subsection is granted or made against a bishop or archbishop, the bishop or archbishop shall be liable to deprivation and disqualification within the meaning of that section, and F13. . . a declaration of deprivation and disqualification shall be made in relation to the bishop or archbishop—

(a)in the case of a bishop, by the archbishop of the relevant province; and

(b)in the case of an archbishop, by the archbishop of the other province,

unless on consideration of all the circumstances, including any representations which the bishop or archbishop may have made to him in writing, the archbishop determines that no such declaration shall be made.

Where the archbishop so determines he shall inform the bishop or archbishop concerned.

[F14(1A)A declaration shall not be made under this section after the expiry of the period of three years beginning with the date on which the sentence, decree, finding or order, as the case may be, becomes conclusive.]

(2)Before making a declaration under this section the archbishop shall require the registrar of his province to give (if it is practicable to do so) not less than fourteen days’ notice in writing to the bishop or archbishop concerned of the time and place at which the declaration will be made, and if the bishop or archbishop appears at that time and place he shall be entitled to be present when the declaration is made.

(3)When making a declaration under this section the archbishop shall be attended by the registrar of his province.

The declaration shall be reduced to writing and a copy thereof shall be filed in the registry of that province.

(4)The functions exercisable under this section by the archbishop of the relevant province shall, during the absence abroad or incapacity through illness of the archbishop or a vacancy in the see, be exercisable by the other archbishop.

(5)In this section “bishop” means any diocesan bishop, any suffragan bishop commissioned by a diocesan bishop and any other bishop.]

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57 Consequences of declarations under this Part of this Measure.E

Where a declaration of deprivation or of disqualification is made against any person pursuant to the provisions of either of the last two foregoing sections, such declaration shall have effect subject to the provisions of Part VIII of this Measure, and the like consequences shall ensue in all respects as if such person had been found guilty of an offence under this Measure and such a censure had been pronounced against him.

[F15Section 49(5) of this Measure shall have effect for the purposes of section 55 of this Measure with the substitution, for the reference to the bishop of the diocese in which the proceedings were instituted, of a reference to the bishop of the relevant diocese within the meaning of the said section 55.]

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