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Act 8, 1853 (VIII) – Act anent Standing Orders. 30th May 1853. (As amended by Act 9, 1863 (IX) – Act anent Form of Commissions and Certificates to Ruling Elders and 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)

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 ELDER
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 he is in all respects qualified in the same manner as their
Commissioner, in whose room he is chosen; which the Presbytery hereby attest upon proper information.
Attested by
………………………. Moderator
………………………. Clerk
2. The General Assembly repeal Act 31, Class 2, 1976 – Act anent Certificates for Elder Commissioners, and Act 6, Class 2,
2009 – Act anent Elders’ Certificates (Presbytery Clerks to monitor submission)