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.

To learn more, visit the Judicial Council's website on ResourceUMC.org.

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

To learn more, visit the Judicial Council's website on ResourceUMC.org.