Faculty Jurisdiction (Injunctions and Restoration Orders) Rules 1992
Approved by the General Synod
14th October 1992
Laid before Parliament
19th November 1992
Coming into force
1st March 1993
In pursuance of sections 13 and 26 of the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991(1) the Rule Committee constituted in accordance with section 25 of the said Measure makes the following Rules:—
Citation and commencement
1. These Rules may be cited as the Faculty Jurisdiction (Injunctions and Restoration Orders) Rules 1992 and shall come into force on the first day of March 1993.
2. (1) In these Rules
“the Measure” means the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991;
“article” includes any article appertaining to a building which is subject to the faculty jurisdiction by virtue of an order made under section 11(4) of the Measure;
“the archdeacon” means the archdeacon of the archdeaconry in which the church or churchyard concerned is situated;
“the chancellor” and “the registrar” mean, in relation to any proceedings, the chancellor and the registrar respectively of the diocese in which the church or churchyard is situated, and include any person appointed to act as the deputy of the chancellor or registrar, as the case may be;
“church” includes any building (1) which is for the time being subject to the faculty jurisdiction by an order made by the bishop under section 6 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Measure 1964(2 ) , or (2) which is licensed by the bishop of a diocese after the coming into operation of section 11 of the Measure for public worship according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England unless such building has been excluded from the faculty jurisdiction by order made under section 11(3) of the Measure;
“court” means the consistory court of the diocese in which the church or churchyard is situated and the chancellor or registrar thereof;
“injunction” means an order constituting an injunction under section 13(4) of the Measure;
“minister” has the same meaning in these Rules as in section 31(1) of the Measure;
“restoration order” means an order made under section 13(5) of the Measure.
(2) The Interpretation Act 1978(3 ) shall apply for the interpretation of these Rules as it applies for the interpretation of Measures passed by the General Synod.
3. An application for an injunction or for a restoration order may be made by
(a) the archdeacon concerned
(b) any other person appearing to the registrar or the chancellor to have a sufficient interest in the matter.
Form of application
4. (1) Subject to rule 8(1) any application under section 13 of the Measure shall be made in writing and shall be in Form No. 1 in the Appendix.
(2) An application under rule 4(1) shall be accompanied by an affidavit of the applicant, or of a person acting on his behalf, giving details of the facts and matters relied upon in support of his application for an injunction or restoration order. An affidavit for the purposes of this rule may contain statements of information or belief with the sources and grounds thereof.
(3) An application made under rule 4(1) shall not be served on any person unless it contains details of a date of hearing which shall be provided by the registrar who issues the application.
5. (1) (a) Subject to rule 8 an application under rule 4(1) shall be served
(i) upon any person against whom the applicant is seeking an injunction or restoration order, and
(ii) where faculty proceedings have been instituted in relation to or concerning the subject matter of the application, upon each of the petitioners and any other parties to the proceedings, and
(iii) if it appears to the court that it is impracticable for any reason to serve the application on all or any of the persons described in paragraph (i) and (ii) of this rule, the court may make an order giving leave for such steps to be taken as the court directs to bring the application to the notice of any person to be served.
(b) Unless the court otherwise directs, service shall be effected not less than 2 clear days before the date specified in rule 4(3).
(2) A copy of any application made under rule 4(1) (other than by the archdeacon) shall be sent by the applicant to the archdeacon and also to the minister (if he is not the applicant) at the same time as steps are taken to effect service under rule 5(1).
(3) Before he lays any application made under rule 4(1) before the chancellor the registrar shall satisfy himself that service has been effected and shall require by way of proof thereof either an acknowledgement of service signed by the person against whom an injunction or restoration order is sought, or his solicitor, or an affidavit that personal service or service in accordance with any order under rule 5(1) (a) (iii) has been effected.
6. (1) Any person upon whom an application under rule 4(1) is served shall be entitled to answer the application by way of affidavit evidence from himself and witnesses on his behalf, or, subject to the directions of the chancellor, by oral evidence at the hearing.
(2) Any affidavit in answer to an application under rule 4(1) shall be served on the applicant within fourteen days after service of the application upon the person answering the same and a copy of the affidavit shall at the same time be sent to the registrar.
7. (1) The evidence at the hearing of an application under rule 4(1) shall be given by affidavit, unless leave is given by the chancellor for evidence to be given orally, provided that the makers of affidavits may be required to attend the hearing for cross- examination.
(2) (a) The chancellor may issue an injunction or make a restoration order on such terms as appear to him to be just and such terms shall be set out in an order in Form No. 2 or Form No. 3 in the Appendix which shall contain a notice stating that failure to comply without reasonable excuse with any requirement of the injunction or order is a contempt of court. (b) Any order requiring any person to do an act, shall state the time within which the act is to be done.
(c) The chancellor shall give such directions as to service of the order as he considers appropriate.
(3) On the hearing of an application under rule 4(1) the chancellor shall give such directions in relation to the institution of faculty proceedings as he considers appropriate.
8. (1) Where an applicant considers that it is necessary to apply to the chancellor under section 13(4) of the Measure for an injunction without complying with rule 5(1) the applicant may so inform the registrar and he shall immediately refer the matter to the chancellor, who may issue an injunction on such terms as may appear to him to be just by way of an order in Form No. 4 in the Appendix provided that he shall
(a) require the applicant immediately to serve an application in Form No. 1 in the Appendix on the person or persons against whom the injunction is issued,
(b) order that the injunction shall continue in force for a specified period of time which, unless he otherwise directs, shall be not more than fourteen days from the date of the order, and
(c) give directions for the hearing of the application.
(2) Where as the result of information brought to his attention (whether before or after faculty proceedings have been instituted) the chancellor considers it necessary to issue an injunction against any person without any application having been made under rule 4(1) , he may of his own motion issue an injunction on such terms as appear to him to be just by way of an order in Form No. 5 in the Appendix provided that he shall make an order in accordance with rule 8(1) (b) and shall give directions for the hearing of the application.
Restoration order without application
9. Where no application has been made under rule 4(1) but it appears to the chancellor as the result of information brought to his attention (whether before or after faculty proceedings have been instituted) that there are grounds on which he might make a restoration order he shall not make such an order of his own motion by way of an order in Form No. 6 in the Appendix without first considering the desirability of
(a) directing that a special citation be served on any person against whom such a restoration order might be made requiring the attendance of such person before the court at such time and place as is specified in the citation, and
(b) giving that person an opportunity to be heard as to whether or not a restoration order should be made.
10. (1) Service of any document may be effected in the manner provided for in rule 28 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 1992(4 ) and the provisions of rules 29 and 33 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 1992 shall apply for the purposes of these Rules.
(2) Any injunction or restoration order made under these Rules may be varied, extended or discharged by the chancellor as he thinks fit.
(3) At any stage of any proceedings pursuant to these Rules the chancellor shall give such directions as appear to him to be necessary to enable the proceedings to be expeditiously and justly determined, and he may adjourn the hearing of any application or other proceedings from time to time on such terms as he considers just.
11. The Chancellor may make such orders for costs in respect of any application for an injunction or restoration order as he considers just.
Sheila CameronJohn Bullimore+Eric CicestrKenneth GibbonsWilliam HawkesJoanna IngramLionel LennoxJulian LittenJohn OwenFrank RobsonDated this fourteenth day of October 1992Approved by the General Synod this tenth day of November 1992.
Philip MawerSecretary General