Petition 81401

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Assistant Counsel (81401-JA-¶2706.2)

Amend ¶2706.2 as follows:
  
2706.2 Parties and Counsel–  The parties are the respondent and the Church.
   a) Counsel for the Church–Counsel for the Church shall be appointed as provided in ¶ 2708.7. Counsel for the Church shall be entitled to choose one assistant counsel without  with voice who may be an attorney.
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   c) When respondent is a bishop, a clergy member of an annual conference, clergy on honorable or administrative location, a local pastor, a clergyperson, or a diaconal minister–A respondent who is a bishop, a clergyperson, or a diaconal minister shall be entitled to select a clergyperson in full connection to serve as respondent’s counsel. A respondent shall be entitled to choose one assistant counsel without with voice who may be an attorney.
   d) Investigation of a respondent who is a layperson–A lay respondent shall be entitled to select a lay member or clergyperson to serve as respondent’s counsel. A respondent shall be entitled to choose one assistant counsel without with voice who may be an attorney.   

Rationale

The parties are entitled to have the very best representation possible. Since an assistant counsel is permitted and may be a lay person that person should be given voice in the proceedings.