Judicial Council issues revised deadlines for April meeting

February 28, 2019

The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church has issued revised deadlines for its regular April meeting, April 23-26, 2019, in Evanston, Illinois.

The Judicial Council will publish the approved docket (a list of items to be discussed) for the meeting on or before March 9. Among the items that will be before the Judicial Council is a Petition for Declaratory Decision, approved by the legislative body of the Special Session of the General Conference, on the “constitutionality, meaning, application, and effect of the Traditional Plan as amended.”

The deadlines are as follows:

March 7 is the deadline for submittal by appropriate bodies (as defined by the Discipline) to submit requests for action by the Judicial Council.
March 18 is the deadline for submittal of opening briefs by Interested parties and amici curiae (as defined by the Discipline and by the Judicial Council’s Rules of Practice and Procedure).
March 18 is also the deadline for submitting a request for an oral hearing in front of the Judicial Council.
March 23 is the deadline for submittal of reply briefs. Only individuals who have submitted opening briefs are allowed to submit reply briefs.

To find information on who is eligible to file and the format in which briefs must be filed, visit the Judicial Council’s website at http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/judicial-council.