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April 27 2006
In Re: Request from the California-Pacific Annual Conference for a Declaratory Decision on the Meaning, Application, and Effect of ¶ 417 of the 1992 Discipline with Respect to the Discontinuance of a Probationary Member Who Has Continued On Probation Beyond Eight Regular Sessions of the Annual Conference.

The 2005 regular session of the California-Pacific Annual Conference made the following request for a declaratory decision.

What would be the effect of the clergy session voting not to discontinue a probationary member who is moving toward full membership under the provisions of paragraph 417 of the Book of Discipline, and who has completed eight years of probationary membership? And, if the clergy session must discontinue such a probationary member, is it necessary for the clergy session to take a vote since it must discontinue such a probationary member?
No briefs were filed in this matter. The record reflects the request for declaratory decision but provided nothing on which the Judicial Council can logically proceed. The Judicial Council declines jurisdiction due to the inadequacy of the record.
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The Judicial Council declines jurisdiction due to the inadequacy of the record. April 28, 2006

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