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shall find sufficient cause to induce them thereunto, that it may be in due time punished and reformed. Provided, That for these voluntary presentments there be no fee required or taken of them, under the pain aforesaid.
cs 117. Church-wardens not to be troubled for not presenting
oftener than twice a Year. NO
O Church-wardens, Queft-men, or Side-men, shall be
called or cited, but only at the said time or times before limited, to appear before any Ecclefiaftical Judge whosoever, for refusing at other times to present any faults, committed in their parishes, and punishable by Ecclefiaftical Laws. Neither shall they, nor any of them, after their presentments exhibited at any of those times, be any further troubled for the fame, except upon mani, fest and evident proof it may appear, that they did then willingly and wittingly omit' to present some such public crime or crimes as they knew to be committed, or could not be ignorant that there was then a public fame of them; or unless there be very just cause to call them for the explanation of their former presentments. In which case of wilful omission, their Ordinaries shall proceed against them in such fort, as in causes of wilful perjury in a Court Ecclesiastical it is already by law provided.
118. The old Church-wardens to make their Presentments
before the new be sworn, THE office of all Church-wardens and Side-men sbali
be reputed ever hereafter to continue until the new Church-wardens that shall succeed them be sworn, which shall be the first week after Easter, or fome week following, according to the direction of the Ordinary. Which time fo appointed shall always be one of the two times in every year, when the Minister, and Church-wardens, and Side-men of every parish shall exhibit to their several Ordinaries the presentments of such enormities as have happened in their parishes fince their last presentments. And this duty they shall perform, before the newly chosen Church-wardens and Side-men be sworn, and shall not be suffered to pass over the said presentments to those that are newly come into office, and are by intendment ignorant of such crimes ; under pain of those cenfures which are appointed for the reformation of such dalliers and dispensers with their own consciences and oaths.
119. Convenient time to be asigned for framing Prefentments. POR the avoiding of such inconveniences as heretofore
have happened by the hafty making of bills of prefentments upon the days of the Visitation and Synods, it is ordered, That always hereafter every Chancellor, Archdeacon, Commissary, and Official, and every other person having ecclefiaftical jurisdiction, at the ordinary time when the Church-wardens are sworn; and the Archbi. shop and Bishops, when he or they do fummon their Vifitation, fall deliver, or cause to be delivered to the Church-wardens, Queft-men, and Side-men of every patish, or to some of them, such books of articles as they, or any of them, shall require, for the year following, the faid Church-wardens, Quest-men, and Side-men to ground their presentments upon, at such times as they are to exbibit them, o In which book shall be contained the form of the oath, which must be taken immediately before every such presentment; to the intent that, having before-hand time sufficient, not only to peruse and confider, what their faid oath shall be, but the articles also whereupon they are to ground their presentments, they may frame them at home both advisedly and truly, to the discharge of their own consciences, after they are sworn, as becometh honest and godly men.
120. None to be cited into Ecclesiastical Courts by Process of
Quorum Nomina. NO Bishop; Chancellor, Archdeacon, Official, or other
Ecclefiaftical Judge, shall suffer any general processes of Quorum Nomina to be sent out of his court; except the names of all such as thereby are to be cited shall be first expressly entered by the hand of the Registrar, or his Deputy, under the said processes, and the faid processes and names be first subscribed by the Judge, or his Deputy, and his seal thereto affixed,
121. None to be cited into several Courts for one Crime. IN places where the Bishop and Archdeacon do by pre
fcription or composition visit at several times in one and the same year, left for one and the self-fame fault any of his Majesty's subjects should be challenged and molested in divers Écclefiaftical Courts; we order and appoint, That every Archdeacon, or his Official, within one
month after the Vifitation ended that year, and the pre. sentments received, shall certify under his hand and seal to the Bishop, or his Chancellor, the names and crimes of all such as are detected and presented in his said Visitation, to the end the Chancellor shall thenceforth forbear to convent any person for any crime or cause so detected or presented to the Archdeacon. And the Chancellor within the like time after the Bishop's Visitation ended, and prefentments received, shall under his hand and seal signify to the Archdeacon, or his Official, the names and crimes of all such persons which shall be detected or presented unto him in that Visitation, to the same intent as is aforesaid. And if these officers shall not certify each other, as is here prescribed, or after such certificate shall intermed, dle with the crimes or persons detected and presented in each other's Visitation ; then every of them so offending shall be suspended from all exercise of his jurisdiction by the Bishop of the diocese, until he shall repay the costs and expences which the parties grieved have been at by that vexation.
122. No Sentence of Deprivation or Deposition to be pro
nounced against a Minister, but by the Bishop.
province, for any crime, the Chancellor, Commissary, Official, or any other having ecclefiaftical jurisdiction, to whom it shall appertain, shall expedite the cause by processes and other proceedings against him: and upon contumacy,
for not appearing, shall first suspend him; and afterward, his contumacy, continuing, excommunicate him. But if he appear, and submit himself to the course of law, then the matter being ready for fentence, and the merits of his offence exacting by law either deprivation from his living, or deposition from the ministry, no such sentence shall be pronounced by any person whofoever, but only by the Bishop, with the assistance of his Chancellor, the Dean (if they may conveniently be had) and some of the Prebendaries, if the court be kept near the Cathedral Church, or of the Archdeacon, if he may be had conveniently, and two other at the least grave Ministers and Preachers, to be called by the Bishop, when the court is kept in other places.
123. No Aa to be sped but in open Couri. NO Chancellor, Commissary, Archdeacon, Official, or
any other person using ecclefiaftical jurisdiction whofoever, shall speed any judicial act, either of contentious or voluntary jurisdiction, except he have the ordinary Registrar of that Court, or his lawful Deputy: or if he or they will not, or cannot be present, then such persons as by law are allowed in that behalf to write or speed the fame, under pain of suspension ipfo fa&to.
124. No Court to have more than one Seal. NO
O Chancellor, Commissary, Archdeacon, Official, or
any other exercising ecclefiaftical jurisdiction, shall without the Bishop's consent have any more seals than one, for the sealing of all matters incident to his office; which feal shall always be kept either by himfelf, or by his lawful Substitute exercising jurisdiction for him, and remaining within the jurisdi&ion of the said Judge, or in the city or principal town of the county. This feal shall contain the title of that jurisdiction, which every of the said Judges or their Deputies do execute.
125. Convenient Places to be chosen for the keeping of Courts. Α' LL Chancellors, Comnissaries, Archdeacons, Oficials,
and all other exercising ecclesiastical jurisdiction, shall appoint such meet places for the keeping of their courts, by the aflignment or approbation of the Bishop of the diocese, as shall be convenient for entertainment of those that are to make their appearance there, and niost indifferent for their travel. And likewise they shall keep and end their courts in such convenient time, as every man may return homewards in as due season as may be.
126. Peculiar and inferior Courts to exhibit the original
Copies of Wills into the Bishop's Registry. WHEREAS Deans, Archdeacons, Prebendaries, Par.
fons, Vicars, and others, exercising ecclefiaftical jurisdi&ion, claim liberty to prove the last wills and testaments of persons deceased within their several jurisdictions, having no known or certain Registrars, nor public place to keep their records in ; by realon whereof many wills, rights, and legacies, upon the death or change of fuch
persons, persons, and their private Notaries, miscarry and cannot be found, to the great prejudice of his Majesty's subjects; we therefore order and enjoin, That all such poffeffors and exercisers of peculiar jurifdi&ion shall once in every year exhibit into the public registry of the Bishop of the diocese, or of the Dean and Chapter, under whose jurifdiction the said peculiars are, every original testament of every person in that time deceased, and by them proved in their feveral peculiar jurisdictions, or a true copy of every such testament, examined, subscribed, and sealed by the peculiar Judge and his Notary. Otherwise, if any of them fail so to do, the Bishop of the diocese, or Dean and Chapter, unto whom the said jurisdi&tions do respectively belong, shall suspend the said parties, and every of them, from the exercise of all such peculiar jurisdiction, until they have performed this our Constitution.
Judges Ecclefiaftical, and their Surrogates.
127. The Quality and Oath of Judges. NO To man shall hereafter be admitted a Chancellor, Com.
missary, or Official, to exercise any ecclesiastical jurisdi&ion, except he be of the full age of fix and twenty years at the least, and one that is learned in the Civil and Ecclesiastical Laws, and is at the least a Master of Arts or Bachelor of Law, and is reasonably well practised in the course thereof, as likewise well affected, and zealously bent to religion, touching whose life and manners no evil example is had ; and except, before he enter into or execute any such office, he shall take the oath of the King's fupremacy in the presence of the Bishop, or in the open court, and shall
subscribe to the Articles of Religion agreed upon in the Convocation in the year one thousand five hundred fixty and two, and shall also swear that he will, to the uttermost of his understanding, deal uprightly and justly in his office, without respect or favour of reward ; the said oaths and subscription to be recorded by a Registrar then present. And likewise all Chancellors, Commissaries, Officials, Registrars, and all other that do now pofless or execute any places of ecclefiaftical jurisdiction, or service, shall before Christmas next, in the presence of the Archbishop, or Bishop, or in open court, under whom or where they exercise their offices, take the same oaths, and subscribe, as before is faid; or, upon refusal fo to do,