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The Suspension Appeals (Churchwardens etc.) Rules 2016

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PART 4Lay workers

Appeal by lay worker

4.1.—(1) An appeal to the President by a lay worker under paragraph 10(1) of Canon E 8 against suspension shall be made in writing within 21 days of receipt of the notice of suspension.

(2) The written appeal shall set out the grounds of appeal, and a copy of the notice of suspension shall be attached.

(3) A copy of the written appeal shall be sent or delivered to the bishop by the appellant at the same time as the written appeal is sent or delivered to the President.

(4) Within 14 days of receiving a copy of the written appeal, the bishop may send or deliver to the President comments in writing in answer to the appeal, and a copy of those comments shall be sent or delivered by the bishop to the appellant at the same time as they are sent or delivered to the President.

The President’s decision

4.2.—(1) The President may, within 28 days following the lodging of the appeal, either confirm or revoke the suspension.

(2) The President’s decision shall be in writing, and a copy of the decision shall be sent or delivered to the appellant and to the bishop.

(3) Where the suspension is revoked by the President on appeal, the bishop shall notify in writing each person to whom notice of suspension was given under paragraph 9(10) of Canon E 8 that the suspension has been revoked.

(4) The registrar shall file a copy of the written notice of revocation in the diocesan registry.

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