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Living in Suspense Problems and Solutions with Suspension of the Right of Presentation1

  • Jonathan Redvers Harris (a1)

To those familiar with the practice of suspension of the right of presentation this theme may be a sensitive one, arousing perhaps fierce passions. To those unfamiliar it may simply sound like a technical abstraction. I hope that the former, out of consideration for the latter, will allow me the indulgence of setting the scene for this subject by drawing upon the true circumstances of one benefice in a diocese in the southern Province.

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2 Moore, E. Garth and Briden, Timothy, Moore's Introduction to English Canon Law (Mowbray, 2nd edn 1985), p. 34.

3 See Doe, Norman, The Legal Framework of the Church of England (Oxford, Clarendon Press. 1996), pp. 20ff.

4 Code. para 9.34.

5 Hill, Mark, Ecclesiastical Law (Butterworths. 1st edn, 1995), p 223. n 13. The 2nd edn (Oxford, 2001), para 4.20, is to much the same effects.

6 Doe, Legal Framework, p 192.

7 Leeder, Lynne, Ecclesiastical Law Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell, 1997), p 124.

8 Ibid. n 91.

9 Code, para 9.28.

10 Code, para 9.29.

11 Code, para 8.6.

12 Code, para 9.21.

13 Code, para 9.24.

14 Halsbury's Laws of England (3rd edn, 1955), para 210, n (t).

15 Re Union of Benefices of Whippingham and East Cowes, St James [1954] AC 245, [1954] 2 All ER 22. PC.

16 Halsbury (3rd edn), para 671, n (d).

17 Code, para 9.22.

18 Pastoral Measure 1983. s 3(1).

19 Ibid. 3(2)(c).

20 Ibid, s 3(6).

21 Legal Opinions concerning the Church of England (Church House Publishing, 1994), p 214b.

22 Pastoral Measure 1983, s 68(4).

1 This paper is based on a lecture of the same title, delivered as part of the London lectures for the Ecclesiastical Law Society on 7th June 2000 at Serle Court Chambers, New Square. Lincoln's Inn.

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