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Act 3, 2019 (III) – Act anent Examination of Presbytery Records. 20th May 2019.

The General Assembly, taking cognisance of the importance of guarding the Church from risk arising from the decisions of the Courts of the Church, and the importance of giving careful attention to the records of Presbyteries, direct that Presbytery records be submitted annually to the Assembly Business Committee for examination at its statutory meeting due in April. They authorise the Business Committee to attest such records as are correct in form and content and they instruct the Committee to report to the General Assembly on its findings with the revised arrangements taking effect from the rising of this Assembly.

  1. The General Assembly amend Act 41, Class 2, 2009 regarding Synods, Paragraph 6 to read as follows: The General Assembly instruct Presbyteries to forward items routinely dealt with annually by Synods, such as the annual inspection of Presbytery records and reports of quinquennial visitation, to the General Assembly Business Committee until further notice, such reports and records to be directed in the first instance to the Principal Clerk of Assembly by the 31st of March.
  2. The General Assembly also amend Act 1, Class 2, 2015 regarding the Appointment of a Business Committee with the addition of the following paragraph: The General Assembly instruct the Business Committee to carry out the annual inspection of Presbytery records at the appointed meeting in April. They also instruct the Committee to report on their findings to the General Assembly. They authorise the Committee to attest as correct all the records which are correct in form and content.