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Act 6, 1849 (VI) (Class 1) – Act anent Translations. 5th June 1849.

The General Assembly, with consent of a majority of Presbyteries,  ENACT and ORDAIN as follows—

I. In all cases of translation, the Minister, whom it is proposed to translate, shall be heard on the subject, by the Presbytery and the superior courts, at any stage of the proceedings when he shall express a wish to that effect.

II. Immediately after the parties in a case of translation have been heard at the bar of any Presbytery, the Minister whom it is proposed to translate shall be asked if he has any statement to make.

III. When parties have been heard, and an opportunity has been given to the Minister of declaring his views, the Presbytery shall consider and give judgment whether or not the translation sought for is expedient, and whether or not the call ought to be presented to their brother for his acceptance.

IV. When the Presbytery or the Court of Review has finally decided that the call should be put into the Minister’s hands, and when the Minister has thereupon accepted the same, judgment shall be given by the said Presbytery or Court of Review, in the usual form, agreeing to the translation, and appointing the said Minister to await, in that matter, the orders of the Presbytery from within whose bounds the call has come.