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Act 2, 2021 – Amending Act 8, 1853 as Amended by Act 9, 1863 and Repealing Act 31, Class 2, 1976 and Act 6, Class 2, 2009

  1. The General Assembly declare that the requirement of Act 8, 1853 as amended by Act 9, 1863 that Kirk Session that bona fide Certificates be issued by Kirk Session for Ruling Elders appointed as Commissioners to the General Assembly be discontinued. They instruct the Assembly Clerks to ensure that a bona fide Certificate be included in the Form of Commissions for Presbyteries. They amend Act 8, 1853, as amended by Act 9, 1863, to read as follows:
    The General Assembly, on the Report of their Committee appointed to collect, revise, and classify, the existing Standing Orders, and to suggest such other Orders as might appear to be necessary, did, and hereby do, ORDER:
    I. As to COMMISSIONS to General Assembly 1.That all Commissions transmitted to the Clerks of Assembly, shall be revised by them, in so far as regards the regularity of said Commissions in point of form; and that the Clerks shall prepare and submit a Report on the subject to the Committee appointed by the Assembly for the revising of Commissions.
  2. That the Clerks of Assembly shall furnish all Presbytery Clerks with printed copies of the form of
    Commission to Representatives hitherto in use and hereto appended.
    Commission to Representatives
    At ……………………… the ……………………… day of ……………………… one thousand eight hundred and ……………………… years. The which day the Free Church Presbytery of ……………………… being convened, in order to elect their Representatives to the ensuing Assembly, pursuant to a resolution entered their minutes on
    the ……………………… day of ……………………… did, and hereby do, nominate and appoint:
    Minister Congregation
    Rev. Minister at
    Rev. Minister at
    Rev. Minister at
    Rev. Minister at
    With (with their names given at length and including the Kirk Session of which they are members)
    Ruling Elder Congregation of
    their Commissioners to the next General Assembly of the Free Church Scotland, indicted to meet at Edinburgh the …………………………. day of May next to come when and where it shall happen to sit, willing them to repair thereto, and to attend all the diets of the same, and there to consult, vote, and determine in all matters that come before them, to the glory of God and the good of His Church, according to the Word of God, the Confession of Faith, and agreeable to the constitution of this Church, as they will be answerable ; and that they report their diligence therein at their return therefrom.
    And the said Presbytery do hereby testify and declare, that all the Ministers above named have signed the Formula, and further, that the said Ruling Elders are bona fide acting Elders of their Congregation and have signed the Formula, are of unblemished character, circumspect in their walk, regular in giving attendance on the ordinances of Divine Institution and behave in other respects agreeable to their office. All which the Presbytery have hereby attested on proper information.
    Attested by
    ………………………. Moderator
    ……………………….. Clerk
    AFTER-ELECTION OF A MINISTER
    At ………………………. the ………………………. day of ………………………. one thousand eight hundred and ………………………. years. The which day the Free Church Presbytery of ………………………. being convened, and here narrate the occasion of the new election) ………………………. did, and hereby do, nominate and appoint
    in ………………………. place, ………………………. their Commissioner to the next General Assembly of the Free
    Church of Scotland; and do hereby testify and declare, that ………………………. signed the Formula.; which the
    Presbytery hereby attest upon proper information.
    Attested by
    ………………………. Moderator
    ……………………….. Clerk
    AFTER-ELECTION OF AN ELDE