Judicial Council

Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front: Ruben T. Reyes, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Deanell Reece Tacha, Lídia Romão Gulele, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen) Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.
Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front: Ruben T. Reyes, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Deanell Reece Tacha, Lídia Romão Gulele, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen) Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

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

Jurisdiction and Powers of the Judicial Council

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

Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Council

View the guidelines governing Judicial Council practices and procedures. Updated April 26, 2019. Download

Form: Request for Declaratory Decisions

Conference Secretaries use this form to report a conference’s request for a declaratory decision. Updated March 5, 2019. Download

Form: Bishop’s Report to Judicial Council

Bishops use this to report to the Judicial Council all decisions of law they make. Updated March 5, 2019. Download

Form: Notice of Appeal

Individuals use this form to submit an appeal of a judicial or administrative decision. Updated March 5, 2019. Download

Form: Submission of Briefs

Required to be used in submitting all briefs (Interested Party or Amicus) to the Judicial Council. Updated March 5, 2019. Download

Form: Request for Oral Hearing/Privilege to Speak

An oral hearing may be requested by any interested party or ordered by the President. Updated March 6, 2019. Download