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A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry

The Judicial Council for the 2012-16 Quadrennium pose for a group photo during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Seated, from left: Belton Joyner, J. Kabamba Kiboko, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., and Kathi Austin Mahle. Standing from left: Ruben T. Reyes, Dennis Blackwell, Beth Capen, William B. Lawrence and Angela Brown.

Judicial Council

The Judicial Council is the highest judicial body or "court" of The United Methodist Church. Its nine members are elected by the General Conference. The Judicial Council determines the constitutionality of acts or proposed acts of the General, Jurisdictional, Central, and Annual Conferences. It acts on these either on appeal of lower rulings or through requests for declaratory decisions. It also rules on whether acts of other official bodies of the denomination conform to The Book of Discipline. This is done in accordance with procedures established in The Book of Discipline.

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About the Judicial Council

Deciding questions about the constitutionality of legislation and adherence to disciplinary processes is the work of nine men and women who sit on the United Methodist Judicial Council. Read More

¶ 2609. Jurisdiction and Powers

The Judicial Council rules on the constitutionality and legality of any action taken by any body created or authorized by the General Conference or by a jurisdictional or central conference. Read More

¶ 2610. Declaratory Decisions

The Judicial Council can be petitioned to rule on the constitutionality, meaning, application, or effect of the Discipline or General Conference legislation. Read More

Judicial Rules of Practice and Procedure

View the guidelines governing Judicial Council practices and procedures. Read More

Bishop’s Report to Judicial Council

Bishops use this form to report any decisions of law they have made to the Judicial Council. Read More