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Act 3, 2001 (III) – Act anent Appointment and Conditions of Service for Clerks of Assembly Committees. 22nd May 2001 (As amended by Act 37, 2009 (XXXVII) – Act amending Act III, 2001)

The General Assembly enact the following Regulations for the Appointment and Conditions of Service for Clerks of Assembly Committees:

1 All Clerks shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees unless the General Assembly has otherwise decreed.

2 All Honorary Clerks, who are not employees of the Free Church Offices or of the Free Church College, shall be appointed for a term of six years, with a review to be conducted by the Board of Trustees after each period of three years, and renewable without interruption if approved at the time of renewal by the Board of Trustees. This shall always be subject to no complaint being received by the Board of Trustees and sustained after appropriate investigation.[1]

3 The honorarium attached to posts under (2) above shall be reviewed triennially by the Board of Trustees to ensure that duties do not become onerous in relation to the compensation allocated.

4 Clerks who are employees of the Free Church Offices or the Free Church College may continue to act in these capacities for the duration of their employment, subject to no complaint being formally received by the Board of Trustees and sustained after appropriate investigation.

5 Clerks in the employ of the Free Church Offices or of the College shall receive time off in lieu appropriate to these additional responsibilities or other such recompense as determined by their superiors or by the Board of Trustees.

6 Clerks, whilst operating within their powers and on behalf of their Committees or Boards, shall possess the individual indemnity protection against the legal action of others as approved by the 2000 General Assembly.

7 All minute books for Committees or Boards must be diligently and timeously maintained by Clerks and must be retained in the Free Church Offices.

8 In the event of any significant disagreement between Clerk and Convener, or between Clerk and Committee, this shall be put, as appropriate, either to the remainder of the Committee or to the Board of Trustees to resolve.

9 Act XIV, 2000 shall be amended by adding the words “and clerks” between the words “members” and “of Church Committees”, thus extending the provisions of the indemnity given at the 2000 Assembly to clerks of Church committees.

[1] Amended by Act XXXVII, 2009 – Act amending Act III, 2001