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Church of Scotland Courts Act 1863

1863 CHAPTER 47

An Act for removing Doubts as to the Powers of the Courts of the Church of Scotland, and extending the Powers of the said Courts.

[13th July 1863]

WHERE AS it would much conduce to the Interests of Religion were Ministers of Parishes against whom a Libel has been found relevant for alleged immoral Conduct, or for alleged Error in Doctrine, to abstain from exercising Ministerial Functions until the said Libel has been disposed of by final Sentence; but Doubts exist whether the Right of the Courts of the Church of Scotland to require and enjoin Ministers of Parishes so to abstain from Ministerial Functions in such Circumstances may not be liable to legal Impediment, and it is desirable to remove such Doubts: And whereas it is expedient to declare the said Right, and farther to declare the Right of the Presbyteries of the said Church to make Provision for supplying the Ordinances of Religion in any Parish where the said Ordinances have ceased to be performed by the Minister thereof: Be it therefore declared and enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows :

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