Petition 81314

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Eligibility (81314-JA-¶2602)

Add new sub-paragraph after ¶2602.2:
3.   Eligibility—No person involved as an adverse party to any law suit in which an entity related to the United Methodist Church is an opposing party shall be eligible to be a member of the Judicial Council, unless nominated by the Council of Bishops after full disclosure of the law suit.  If a member of the council becomes an adverse party in any law suit involving a United Methodist church or agency as an opposing party, the member shall be immediately and automatically suspended.  The Council of Bishops shall review the circumstances of the law suit and shall decide whether the member shall continue on the Judicial Council or whether the seat shall be declared vacant.

Rationale

Some conflicts of interest are so serious that they should void the nomination to or membership on Judicial Council.