¶ 2712. Trial of a Bishop
1. The president of the College of Bishops of the jurisdictional or central conference-or in case the person charged is the president, the secretary of the college-shall proceed to convene the court under the provisions of ¶ 2709.
2. The president of the College of Bishops (or in the case the person charged is the president, the secretary) may preside or designate another bishop to serve as presiding officer.
3. The trial shall be convened as provided in ¶ 2709 with the pool of thirty-five or more persons to consist of clergy in full connection named by the College of Bishops in approximately equal numbers from each episcopal area within the jurisdictional or central conference. Special consideration should be given so that the pool includes persons representative of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.
4. Counsel for the Church shall be a bishop or another clergyperson in full connection.
5. The secretary of the court shall at the conclusion of the proceedings send all trial documents to the secretary of the jurisdictional or central conference, who shall keep them in custody. If an appeal is taken, the secretary shall forward the materials forthwith to the secretary of the Judicial Council. After the appeal has been heard, the records shall be returned to the secretary of the jurisdictional or central conference.
6. A bishop suspended from office shall have claim on the Episcopal Fund for salary, dwelling, pension, and other related benefits. A bishop removed from office shall have no claim upon the Episcopal Fund for salary, dwelling, pension and other related benefits from the date of such removal.
7. For the purpose of this paragraph, the United Methodist
bishops outside of the United States shall constitute one College of Bishops.