(1) In these standing orders —
(2) Any period of notice required by these standing orders shall consist of clear days or weeks, not including the date of despatch and the date of the event before which the notice must be delivered.
(1) Before the first meeting of the synod after the beginning of the 3-year term, the houses of clergy and laity must each hold a special meeting to elect one of its members to be a vice-president of the synod.
(2) As soon as reasonably practicable after a casual vacancy occurs, the house concerned must hold a special meeting to elect one of its members to be a vice-president of the synod.
(3) A member of the appropriate house appointed by the Bishop shall act as chairman for such a meeting. Whoever so presides shall have a vote in the election.
(4) In case of an equality of votes a further ballot shall be held between the candidates who received the same number of votes; and in case of an equality of votes after a second ballot, the election shall be decided by lot.
(1) The synod shall appoint a secretary, being either of the clergy or of the laity, who may be either salaried or honorary.
(2) The secretary shall —
(3) The secretary of the synod may attend meetings of every other committee or body referred to in standing order 75 and may take part in the discussions at such meetings, but shall not have the right to move any motion or amendment or to vote.
The standing committee may appoint an assistant secretary.
The diocesan registrar, or in the event of his absence or incapacity a person appointed for the purpose by the Bishop —
Subject to any statutory provision and to these standing orders, the terms and conditions of service on which officers are appointed shall be determined by the standing committee.
A meeting of the synod shall be held when summoned by the Bishop.
The Bishop must summon at least 2 meetings in each year at such times and such places as he may direct after consulting the standing committee.
(1) The Bishop must summon a meeting of the synod if —
(2) A meeting under this standing order shall be held within 8 weeks following the resolution or requisition unless a later date is specified in it.
(1) A meeting of the house of clergy or the house of laity shall be held when summoned by the respective chairman.
(2) The chairman must summon a meeting of the house if —
(3) A meeting under paragraph (2) must be held within 4 weeks following the request or requisition unless a later date is specified in it.
The date, time and place of ordinary meetings of the synod, when fixed, shall be announced to members as soon as possible in such manner as the Bishop may approve.
(1) In case of sudden emergency or other special circumstances, a meeting may be convened at not less than 5 days' notice.
(2) A notice under this standing order must be in writing, signed by the secretary and sent to every member in such manner as the Bishop may approve.
(3) Only business specified in the notice may be transacted at such a meeting.
(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Bishop shall be chairman at meetings of the synod.
(2) The Bishop may on any occasion nominate one of the vice-presidents or another member to take the chair.
(1) Subject to paragraph (2), each vice-president shall be chairman of the house of which he is a member.
(2) If the chairman of a house is absent from or does not wish to preside at a meeting, a member of the house elected by the members present shall take the chair.
Subject to these standing orders and the directions of the Bishop, the procedure of the synod and its houses shall be regulated by the respective chairman.
Unless the synod otherwise decides, the chairman shall —