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Act 8, 1898 (VIII) – Anent Representation of Elders in Synods and Presbyteries. 28th May 1898.

The Assembly adopt the following Declaratory Act :—

Whereas doubts have arisen as to the effect on previous legislation of Act IV. of Assembly  1893, anent  Representative Elders in Presbyteries and Synods, the General Assembly, for the removal of such doubts, declares as follows :—

1.    That Kirk-Sessions, after the close of the spring meeting of Synod in each year, are required to elect an Elder to represent them in the Presbytery and Synod for the year then begun to run; and that this  election must be made within two months from the close of the said meeting of Synod, beyond which time the previous representative cannot continue to sit.

2.    That, in case of the death, demission, or disqualification of their representative elder, a Kirk-Session may elect another to supply his place within a month thereafter.

3.    That it is incumbent on Presbytery Clerks to take care, so far as possible, that Kirk-Sessions within the bounds are kept informed of their duty and privilege in these respects, and of the time when the duty ought to be discharged.