Judicial Council

Fall 2021 Docket

Critical Note

  • Download revised Brief Submission Form for full instructions and hard copy mailing address.
  • Deadlines:
    • Wednesday, October 13, 2021: Deadline for electronic filing of Briefs (transmit by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time USA [UTC–7 hours])
    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Deadline for electronic filing of Reply Briefs (transmit by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time USA [UTC–7 hours])
  • Email items to Rev. Dr. Kabamba Kiboko, Judicial Council Secretary, at [email protected].

Docket 1021-01

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on a Question of Law in the Upper New York Annual Conference Regarding Whether the Adopted Resolution, “A Call for Structural Change,” Attempts to Negate, Ignore or Violate The Book of Discipline[Formerly Docket 1019-8 deferred by Memorandum 1381 and also Docket 0420-6 deferred by Memorandum 1411]
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Docket 1021-02

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on a Question of Law in the New England Annual Conference as to Whether the Conference Disaffiliation Policy and Discernment Process Are Permissible Under the Discipline or Are in Conflict with ¶ 2553. [Formerly Docket 1019-9 deferred by Memorandum 1382 pursuant to a motion for a stay; and also Docket 0420-7 deferred by Memorandum 1412]
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Docket 1021-03

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Indiana Annual Conference Concerning the Legality of the Conference Rules that Govern the Nomination and Election of General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates.
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Docket 1021-04

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Indiana Annual Conference Regarding Conference Rules that Govern Youth and Young Adult Eligibility Requirements to Serve as Lay Members to Annual Conference and those Rules that Govern Eligibility for Members of District Conference to Vote on the District-At-Large Lay Members to Annual Conference.
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Docket 1021-05

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Regarding the Legality of Process and Procedures Relating to the January 2021 Special Session of Annual Conference.
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Docket 1021-06

In Re: A Request for a Declaratory Decision from a Delegation of Persons Elected to General Conference Concerning the Meaning, Application, and Effect of ¶¶ 507.5, 507.6, and 507.7, on Deadlines for General Conference Petitions Submitted by Entities other than Annual Conferences.
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Docket 1021-07

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on a Question of Law in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference as to whether Judicial Council Decision No. 1409 renders the required payment of general church apportionments to be voluntary.
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Docket 1021-08

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference Concerning the Legality of the Actions Taken by the Conference Board of Trustees Regarding the Disaffiliation of a Local Church Without the Required Vote of the Annual Conference pursuant to Judicial Council Decision 1379 and ¶ 2529.1(b)(3) of the Discipline.
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Docket 1021-09

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the West Virginia Annual Conference Concerning the Legality of Not Electing the At-Large Lay Members to Annual Conference Until After the Annual Conference has Convened and the Session has Commenced.
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Docket 1021-10

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the North Georgia Annual Conference Concerning the Circumstances under which a Local Church may Pursue Disaffiliation. 
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Docket 1021-11

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on a Question of Law in the North Georgia Annual Conference Concerning the Authority of an Annual Conference to Amend a Disaffiliation Agreement that is Placed Before the Annual Conference for its Consideration and Action.
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Docket 1021-12

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions asked in the New England Annual Conference Concerning Disaffiliation and the Legality of Certain Processes and Parliamentary Procedures Related Thereto During the Annual Conference Session.
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Docket 1021-13

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on a Question of Law in the Arkansas Annual Conference as to whether the Annual Conference’s Petition to General Conference is Permissible Pursuant to the Submission Timelines set forth in ¶ 507 of the Discipline.
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Docket 1021-14

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Arkansas Annual Conference as to whether the Principles Regarding Local Church Requests for Disaffiliation, adopted by the Annual Conference, Violates ¶ 604.1 and ¶ 2553 of the Discipline and Judicial Council Decision 886.
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Docket 1021-15

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Michigan Annual Conference Concerning the Legality of the Annual Conference’s Statement on Inclusiveness.
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Docket 1021-16

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Rio Texas Annual Conference Concerning the Responsibility and Authority of the Annual Conference to Evaluate and Affirm or Amend its Annual Conference Policy on Equitable Compensation, Pursuant to the Discipline, particularly ¶¶ 621, 625, and 338.
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Docket 1021-17

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the California-Pacific Annual Conference pursuant to ¶¶ 419.10, 2718.1 and 2718.2, Concerning the Agenda and Voting Procedures used During a Joint Charge Conference [¶ 246.10].
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Docket 1021-18

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions Raised During the 2021 Regular Session of the North Texas Annual Conference Concerning Parliamentary Procedures.
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Docket 1021-19

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on Questions of Law in the Dakotas Annual Conference as to whether the Resolution “Vision for a More Just Church” negates, ignores, or violates church law.
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Docket 1021-20

In Re: Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on a Question in the North Carolina Annual Conference Concerning the Legality of Requiring the Members of Annual Conference to Vote to Accept or Reject the “Special Standing Rules of Order For Annual Conference 2021,” Without Opportunity for Debate or Amendment, Prior to the Convening of the Annual Conference Session.
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Docket 1021-21

In Re: Request for a Declaratory Decision from the Upper New York Annual Conference as to whether ¶ 635.1(a) of the 2016 Discipline Operates to Preclude and Prohibit Nominations to the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry from the Floor of the Annual Conference.
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Docket 1021-22

In Re: Request from the Alaska United Methodist Conference for a Declaratory Decision on the Meaning, Application, and Effect of ¶¶ 507.5, 507.6, and 507.7, on the Deadlines for General Conference Petitions that are Submitted to the Postponed Session of General Conference by constituent bodies, other than Annual Conferences, and the constitutionality or legality of any act to reject or refuse an otherwise proper petition filed no later than 230 days prior to the commencement of the Postponed Session of General Conference.
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