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1 BOOK OF ORDER The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Part II 2013 / 2015

2 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) PART II BOOK OF ORDER

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4 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.) PART II BOOK OF ORDER PUBLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 100 Witherspoon Street Louisville, KY

5 Copyright 2013 by the Office of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronically, mechanically, photocopying, recording, or otherwise (brief quotations used in magazine or newspaper reviews excepted), without the prior permission of the publisher. The sessions, presbyteries, and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may use sections of this publication without receiving prior written permission from the publisher. Printed in the United States of America Additional copies available from Presbyterian Distribution Services (PDS) 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY , by calling (PDS) Please specify PDS order #OGA PDF Version

6 PREFACE The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as defined in F-3.04, consists of the Book of Confessions (Part I) and the Book of Order (Part II). The Book of Confessions contains the Nicene Creed, the Apostles Creed, the Scots Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Second Helvetic Confession, the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Shorter Catechism, the Larger Catechism, the Theological Declaration of Barmen, the Confession of 1967, and A Brief Statement of Faith Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Book of Order contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline. In this Book of Order (1) SHALL and IS TO BE/ARE TO BE signify practice that is mandated, (2) SHOULD signifies practice that is strongly recommended, (3) IS APPROPRIATE signifies practice that is commended as suitable, (4) MAY signifies practice that is permissible but not required. (5) ADVISORY HANDBOOK signifies a handbook produced by agencies of the General Assembly to guide synods and presbyteries in procedures related to the oversight of ministry. Such handbooks suggest procedures that are commended, but not required. The 219th General Assembly (2010) took action to replace the Form of Government with a new Foundations of Presbyterian Polity and a new Form of Government. In light of the addition of the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity and the revision of the Form of Government (2011), the following terms in use in the Directory for Worship and in the Rules of Discipline have been replaced with terms employed in the new and revised documents: minister or minister of the Word and Sacrament with teaching elder ; elder with ruling elder ; governing body with council ; commissioned lay pastor with ruling elder commissioned to particular pastoral service or ruling elder commissioned to pastoral service ; office or ordained office with ordered ministry ; and officer/s, church officer/s, or ordained officer/s with [person/those in] ordered ministry. The amendments to the Form of Government, Directory for Worship, and Rules of Discipline, proposed to the presbyteries by the 220th General Assembly (2012) and approved by a majority of the presbyteries, are included in this volume. Words that have been stricken are omitted from the text. New wording appears in boldface within the

7 appropriate paragraph. These amendments take effect on July 7, Amendments have been made in the following places: Book of Order Minutes, 2012 Book of Order Minutes, 2012 G , 27, D b(2) 26, 28, 612 G , 28, 614 D , 23, 342 G a 20, 23, 341 D , 23, 342 G b(6) 20, 23, D , 23, 342 G , 578 D , 23, G d 72 73, 241 D , 23, 343 G , 28, 614 D a(6) 20, 23, 343 G , 23, 342 D , 27, 590 W , 13, D , June 2013 Gradye Parsons Stated Clerk of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

8 EXPLANATION OF THE REFERENCE NUMBER SYSTEM OF THE BOOK OF ORDER The four parts of the Book of Order are abbreviated by the use of capital letters: F The Foundations of Presbyterian Polity G Form of Government W Directory for Worship D Rules of Discipline Each reference in the text begins with the appropriate letter. The numeral appearing after the letter, and to the left of the decimal, indicates the chapter number. There are four numerals to the right of the decimal. The first two indicate the number of a section. The second two indicate the number of the subsection. Each page is noted in numerals preceded by the proper letter to identify the material that appears on it. For example, in the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the first page of Chapter One bears the notation: F-1.01 F-1.02 F This indicates that Chapter One of the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity begins here and the page includes sections 1.01 and 1.02 with two titled subsections: and The chapters and sections of the Book of Order are so notated that it is possible for chapters and sections to be added by amendment without changing any of the present notations. This notation makes it possible for citations to the Book of Order in minutes, reports, and correspondence to remain the same from year to year in English, Korean, Spanish, and Braille editions.

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10 CONTENTS THE FOUNDATIONS OF PRESBYTERIAN POLITY Chapter One: The Mission of the Church God s Mission... F-1.01 Jesus Christ Is Head of the Church... F-1.02 The Authority of Christ... F Christ Calls and Equips the Church... F Christ Gives the Church Its Life... F Christ Is the Church s Hope... F Christ Is the Foundation of the Church... F The Calling of the Church... F-1.03 The Church Is the Body of Christ... F The Marks of the Church... F The Notes of the Reformed Church... F The Great Ends of the Church... F Openness to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit... F-1.04 Continuity and Change... F Ecumenicity... F Unity in Diversity... F Openness... F Chapter Two: The Church and Its Confessions The Purpose of Confessional Statements... F-2.01 The Confessions as Subordinate Standards... F-2.02 The Confessions as Statements of the Faith of the Church Catholic... F-2.03 The Confessions as Statements of the Faith of the Protestant Reformation... F-2.04 The Confessions as Statements of the Faith of the Reformed Tradition... F-2.05 Chapter Three: Principles of Order and Government Historic Principles of Church Order... F-3.01 God Is Lord of the Conscience... F Corporate Judgment... F

11 Officers... F Truth and Goodness... F Mutual Forbearance... F Election by the People... F Church Power... F The Value of Ecclesiastical Discipline... F Principles of Presbyterian Government... F-3.02 One Church... F Governed by Presbyters... F Gathered in Councils... F Seek and Represent the Will of Christ... F Decision by Majority Vote... F Review and Control... F Ordination by Council... F Shared Power, Exercised Jointly... F General Authority of Councils... F Foundational Statements... F-3.03 The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Defined... F-3.04 THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT Chapter One: Congregations and Their Membership The Congregation... G-1.01 The Mission of the Congregation... G The Fellowship of the Congregation... G Governed by the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)... G The Organizing of a Congregation... G-1.02 Organizing Covenant... G The Membership of a Congregation... G-1.03 The Meaning of Membership and Baptism... G Welcome and Openness... G Entry into Membership... G The Ministry of Members... G Categories of Membership... G-1.04 Baptized Member... G Active Member... G

12 Affiliate Member... G Other Participants... G Meetings of the Congregation... G-1.05 Annual and Special Meetings... G Calling a Congregational Meeting... G Business Proper to Congregational Meetings... G Moderator... G Secretary and Minutes... G Chapter Two: Ordered Ministry, Commissioning, and Certification Ordered Ministries of the Church... G-2.01 Christ s Ministry... G Ordered Ministries... G Call to Ordered Ministry... G Gifts and Qualifications... G Freedom of Conscience... G Deacons: The Ministry of Compassion and Service... G-2.02 Deacon Defined... G Under Authority of the Session... G Ruling Elders: The Ministry of Discernment and Governance... G-2.03 Ruling Elder Defined... G General Provisions for Ruling Elders and Deacons... G-2.04 Election of Ruling Elders and Deacons... G Preparation for Ministry as a Ruling Elder or Deacon... G Service of Ordination and Installation... G Terms of Service... G Dissolution of Relationship... G Release from Ministry as a Ruling Elder or Deacon... G Renunciation of Jurisdiction... G Teaching Elders: The Ministry of the Word and Sacrament... G-2.05 Teaching Elder Defined... G Presbytery and the Teaching Elder... G Categories of Membership... G Pastoral Relationships... G

13 Transfer of Ministers of Other Denominations... G Temporary Membership in Presbytery for a Period of Service... G Release from Ministry as a Teaching Elder... G Failure to Engage in Validated Ministry... G Renunciation of Jurisdiction... G Preparation for Ministry... G-2.06 Nature and Purpose of Preparation... G Time Requirements... G Purpose of Inquiry... G Purpose of Candidacy... G Oversight... G Service in Covenant Relationship... G Final Assessment and Negotiation for Service... G Transfer of Relationship... G Removal from Relationship... G Exceptions... G Ordination... G-2.07 Ordination... G Place of Ordination... G Service of Ordination... G Record of Ordination... G Call and Installation... G-2.08 Pastoral Vacancy... G Election of a Pastor Nominating Committee... G Call Process... G Terms of Call... G Installation Service... G Dissolution of Pastoral Relationships... G-2.09 Congregational Meeting... G Pastor, Co-Pastor or Associate Pastor Requests... G Congregation Requests... G Presbytery Action... G Officiate by Invitation Only... G Commissioning Ruling Elders to Particular Pastoral Service... G-2.10 Functions... G Training, Examination and Commissioning... G

14 Commissioning Service... G Supervision... G Certified Church Service... G-2.11 Forms of Certified Church Service... G Presbytery and Certified Church Service... G Christian Educators... G Chapter Three: Councils of the Church General Principles of Councils... G-3.01 Councils as an Expression of Unity of the Church... G Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction... G Participation and Representation... G Officers... G Meetings... G Administration of Mission... G Records... G Administrative Review... G Committees and Commissions... G Administrative Staff... G Nominating Process... G Insurance... G Finances... G The Session... G-3.02 Composition and Responsibilities... G Relations with Other Councils... G Meetings... G Minutes and Records... G Finances... G The Presbytery... G-3.03 Composition and Responsibilities... G Relations with Synod and General Assembly... G Relations with Sessions... G Meetings and Quorum... G Minutes and Records... G Membership of Presbytery... G Pastor, Counselor, and Advisor to Teaching Elders and Congregations... G The Synod... G-3.04 Composition and Responsibilities... G

15 Relations with General Assembly... G Relations with Presbyteries... G Reduced Function... G Meetings and Quorum... G Minutes and Records... G The General Assembly... G-3.05 Composition and Responsibilities... G Relations with Other Councils... G Meetings and Quorum... G Chapter Four: The Church and Civil Authority Incorporation and Trustees... G-4.01 Incorporation and Power... G Members of the Corporation... G Church Property... G-4.02 Property as a Tool for Mission... G Decisions Concerning Property... G Church Property Held in Trust... G Property Used Contrary to the Constitution... G Property of a Dissolved or Extinct Congregation... G Selling, Encumbering, or Leasing Church Property... G Property of Congregation in Schism... G Exceptions... G Confidence And Privilege... G-4.03 Trust and Confidentiality... G Mandatory Reporting... G Chapter Five: Ecumenicity and Union Ecumenical Commitment... G-5.01 Ecumenicity... G Interfaith Relations... G Secular Organizations... G Relations with Other Denominations... G-5.02 Correspondence... G Full Communion... G Ecumenical Statements... G Full Organic Union... G-5.03

16 Union Presbyteries... G-5.04 Constitutional Authority... G Plan of Union... G Joint Congregational Witness... G-5.05 Chapter Six: Interpreting and Amending the Constitution Reform... G-6.01 Interpreting the Constitution... G-6.02 Amending The Book of Confessions... G-6.03 Amending the Book of Order... G-6.04 Exceptions... G-6.05 Amendments to Special Provisions... G-6.06 DIRECTORY FOR WORSHIP Preface CHAPTER I THE DYNAMICS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP... W Christian Worship: An Introduction... W The Language of Worship... W Time, Space, and Matter... W Responsibility and Accountability for Worship... W CHAPTER II THE ELEMENTS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP... W Prayer... W Scripture Read and Proclaimed... W Baptism... W The Lord s Supper... W Self-Offering... W Relating to Each Other and the World... W

17 CHAPTER III ORDERING OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP... W Principles and Sources of Ordering... W Days and Seasons... W Service for the Lord s Day... W Service of Daily Prayer... W Other Regularly Scheduled Services of Worship... W Special Gatherings... W CHAPTER IV ORDERING WORSHIP FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES... W Special Occasions and Recognitions... W Services of Welcome and Reception... W Commissioning for Specific Acts of Discipleship... W Ordination, Installation, and Commissioning... W Transitions in Ministry... W Censure and Restoration... W Recognition of Service to the Community... W Services of Acceptance and Reconciliation... W Marriage... W Services on the Occasion of Death... W CHAPTER V WORSHIP AND PERSONAL DISCIPLESHIP... W Personal Worship, Discipleship, and the Community of Faith... W The Discipline of Daily Personal Worship... W Scripture in Personal Worship... W Prayer in Personal Worship... W Other Disciplines in Personal Worship and Discipleship... W Christian Vocation... W Worship in Families and Households... W CHAPTER VI WORSHIP AND MINISTRY WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF FAITH... W Mutual Ministries in the Church... W Christian Nurture... W Pastoral Care... W

18 CHAPTER VII WORSHIP AND THE MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD... W Worship and Mission... W Proclamation and Evangelism... W Compassion... W Reconciliation: Justice and Peace... W Caring for Creation and Life... W The Church and the Reign of God... W Worship as Praise... W RULES OF DISCIPLINE CHAPTER I PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE... D (Preamble) Church Discipline... D Power Vested in Christ s Church... D Conciliate and Mediate... D CHAPTER II JUDICIAL PROCESS DEFINED... D Judicial Process... D Church Discipline... D a. Prevention and Correction of Irregularities and Delinquencies... D a b. Correction of Offenses... D b Councils of the Church... D Alternative Forms of Resolution... D Types of Cases... D Remedial or Disciplinary... D Remedial... D a. Irregularity... D a b. Delinquency... D b Disciplinary... D a. Persons in Ordered Ministries... D a b. Offense... D b

19 CHAPTER III JURISDICTION IN JUDICIAL PROCESS... D Jurisdiction... D a. Session... D a b. Presbytery... D b c. Presbytery, Synod, General Assembly... D c d. Church Is Dissolved... D d No Further Judicial Action... D Lower Council Fails to Act... D Jurisdiction Over Transferred Teaching Elders... D Enforce and Recognize Judgments and Decisions... D When Jurisdiction Ends... D CHAPTER IV REFERENCE... D Reference... D Definition... D Proper Subject... D Duty of Lower Council... D Action on Reference... D Duty of Higher Council... D Acceptance... D Refusal... D CHAPTER V PERMANENT JUDICIAL COMMISSIONS... D Service on Permanent Judicial Commissions... D Election... D Term... D Classes... D Vacancy... D Eligibility... D Commission Expenses... D Meetings... D Officers... D Bases of Power... D Meetings... D

20 Quorum... D Who Shall Not Participate... D Lack of Quorum... D a. Inability to Reach a Quorum... D a b. Roster of Former Members... D b c. Participant Expense... D c CHAPTER VI REMEDIAL CASES... D Initiating a Remedial Case and Obtaining a Stay of Enforcement... D Method of Initiation... D Definition of Complaint... D Stay of Enforcement... D a. Time Limit to File a Request for a Stay... D a b. Request Given to Moderator and Clerk... D b c. Time Line for Preliminary Questions... D c d. Time Line for Entering a Stay of Enforcement... D d e. Distribution of Stay... D e f. Effective Time... D f g. Objection to Stay of Enforcement... D g 2. Filing a Complaint in a Remedial Case... D Parties... D Who May File Complaint... D a. Against Presbytery, Synod, or Council at Same Level... D a b. Against Session or Presbyterian Mission Agency or Entity... D b 3. Pretrial Procedures... D Statements in Complaint... D Committee of Counsel... D a. Provide by Rule... D a b. Shall Not Serve... D b Answer to Complaint... D Procedure Prior to Trial... D Examination of Papers... D Preliminary Questions Determined... D

21 Duty of Respondent Clerk of Session or Stated Clerk... D Procedures for Records... D Trial Briefs... D Pretrial Conference... D CHAPTER VII TRIAL IN A REMEDIAL CASE... D Conduct of Trial... D Trial Remedial... D Conducted Formally... D Citations and Testimony... D Citation of Parties and Witnesses... D a. Members Cited... D a b. Others Requested... D b c. Witnesses from Another Council... D c d. Expenses... D d Service of Citation... D Second Citation... D Refusal of Witness to Testify... D Deposition... D Procedures in Trial... D Counsel... D Circulation of Materials... D Control Conduct of Trial... D a. Questions as to Procedure... D a b. Absences... D b Loss of Quorum... D Trial... D Procedure in a Remedial Case... D a. Announcement by the Moderator... D a b. Eligibility of Commission Members... D b (1) Disqualification... D b(1) (2) Challenges... D b(2) c. Procedural Objections... D c

22 d. Amend Complaint... D d e. Opening Statements... D e f. Rules of Evidence... D f g. Evidence... D g h. Final Statements... D h Decision... D a. Deliberation... D a b. Decision... D b c. Written Decision... D c d. Filed Promptly... D d e. Further Publicity... D e 5. Provisions for Appeal... D Appeal Time... D Appeals... D Record of Proceedings... D Record of Proceedings... D a. Verbatim Recording... D a b. Exhibits... D b c. Minutes... D c d. Record... D d e. Preservation... D e f. Transcript... D f Additions to the Record... D Duty of Stated Clerk... D Reporting the Decision... D CHAPTER VIII APPEAL IN A REMEDIAL CASE... D Initiation of an Appeal... D Definition... D Initiation of Appeal... D Effect of Appeal... D Withdrawal of Appeal... D Grounds for Appeal... D

23 2. Filings in Appeal Process... D Time for Filing Written Notice of Appeal... D Content of Written Notice of Appeal... D Transmittal of Notice of Appeal to Officers... D Prehearing Proceedings... D Examination of Papers... D Preliminary Questions Determined... D Record on Appeal... D a. List of Record... D a b. Additional Records... D b c. Filing of Record on Appeal... D c d. Correction of the Record... D d e. Notice of Date of Reception... D e f. Copy Furnished at Cost... D f g. Extension... D g Filing of Appellant s Brief... D a. Copy to Other Party... D a b. Extension... D b c. Failure to File Brief... D c Filing of Appellee s Brief... D a. Copy to Other Party... D a b. Extension... D b c. Failure to File Brief... D c Transmittal of Records and Briefs... D Prehearing Conference... D Hearing of Appeal... D Notice of Hearing... D Failure to Appear... D Hearing... D a. New Evidence... D a b. Hearing... D b Decision of Permanent Judicial Commission... D a. If No Errors Are Found... D a b. If Errors Are Found... D b c. Written Decision... D c

24 d. Determination of Each Error... D d e. Filed Promptly... D e f. Further Publicity... D f CHAPTER IX REQUEST FOR VINDICATION... D Request for Vindication... D a. Review by Council... D a b. Investigating Committee... D b Conclusion of the Matter... D CHAPTER X DISCIPLINARY CASES... D Procedure Preliminary to a Disciplinary Case... D Initiation of Preliminary Procedures... D Statement of Offense... D a. Accusation... D a b. Council... D b c. Self-Accusation... D c Referral to Investigating Committee... D Accusation from Other Council... D Transfer Prohibited... D Administrative Leave... D Investigation... D Investigating Committee... D a. Membership... D a b. Appointment by Rule... D b c. Expenses... D c Investigating Committee Responsibilities... D a-l Rights of the Persons... D a. Rights of the Accuser... D a b. Rights of the Person Alleging Harm... D b c. Rights of the Person Alleged Against... D c Petition Commission to Review Procedures... D Communicate Determination... D Investigating Committee May Utilize Alternate Dispute Resolution... D

25 If Charges Are to Be Filed... D Petition for Review if No Charges Filed... D Disposition of Records... D Charges... D Time Limit... D Prosecution of Case... D a. Parties... D a b. Only Two Parties... D b Form of Charge... D a. Several Together... D a b. Details of the Charge... D b c. Tried Together... D c Filing of Charge... D a. Session... D a b. Presbytery... D b Pretrial Conference... D a. Time and Place... D a b. Those Present... D b c. Nothing More... D c Witnesses Disclosed... D CHAPTER XI TRIAL IN A DISCIPLINARY CASE... D Conduct of Trial... D Trial Disciplinary... D Conducted Formally... D Citations and Testimony... D Citation of Parties and Witnesses... D a. Members Cited... D a b. Others Requested... D b c. Witnesses from Another Council... D c d. Expenses... D d Service of Citation... D a. Second Citation... D a

26 b. Accused Does Not Appear... D b Refusal of Witness to Testify... D Deposition... D Procedures in Trial... D Counsel... D Unable to Secure Counsel... D Circulation of Materials... D Control Conduct of Trial... D a. Questions as to Procedure... D a b. Absences... D b Loss of Quorum... D Closed Proceedings... D Trial... D Presumption of Innocence... D Procedure in a Disciplinary Case... D a. Announcement by the Moderator... D a b. Eligibility of Commission Members... D b (1) Disqualification... D b(1) (2) Challenges... D b(2) c. Preliminary Objections... D c d. Plea... D d e. Opening Statements... D e f. Rules of Evidence...D f g. Prosecution... D g h. Defense... D h i. Rebuttal... D i j. Final Statements... D j Decision... D a. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt... D a b. Judgment of Guilt by 2/3 Vote... D b c. Written Decisions... D c d. Announcements in Open Meeting... D d e. Degree of Censure... D e

27 f. Filed Promptly...D f g. Notification of Parties... D g h. Further Publicity... D h 5. Provisions for Appeal... D Appeal Time... D Appeals... D Record of Proceedings... D Record of Proceedings... D a. Verbatim Recordings... D a b. Exhibits... D b c. Minutes... D c d. Record... D d e. Preservation of the Record... D e f. Transcript...D f Additions to the Record... D Duty of Stated Clerk... D Reporting the Decision... D Enforcement... D Enforcement by Council... D CHAPTER XII CENSURE AND RESTORATION IN A DISCIPLINARY CASE... D Censures... D Degrees of Church Censure... D Rebuke Followed by Prayer... D Rebuke with Supervised Rehabilitation... D a. Prayer... D a b. Communicate Goals of Rehabilitation... D b c. Statement of Evaluation and Rehabilitation... D c d. Voluntary Acts of Repentance if Involving Sexual Abuse of Another Person... D d Temporary Exclusion... D a. Prayer... D a

28 b. Supervised Rehabilitation... D b c. Voluntary Act of Repentance if Involving Sexual Abuse of Another Person... D c d. Refrain from Exercise of Ordered Ministry... D d e. Cannot Vote or Hold Office... D e f. Effect of Temporary Exclusion of a Pastor....D f g. Notice of Temporary Exclusion... D g h. Termination of Censure of Temporary Exclusion... D h i. Early Restoration... D i Removal from Ordered Ministry or Membership... D a. Removal from Ordered Ministry... D a b. Removal from Membership... D b c. Prayer... D c d. Consequences of Removal from Ordered Ministry... D d e. Notice of Removal... D e 2. Restoration... D Decision of Council... D Form of Restoration to Ordered Ministry After Removal... D a. Form... D a b. Restored to Roll... D b Form of Restoration to Membership After Removal... D a. Form... D a b. Restored to Roll... D b c. Restored to Ordered Ministry... D c CHAPTER XIII APPEAL IN A DISCIPLINARY CASE... D Initiation of Appeal... D Definition... D Initiation of Appeal... D Appeal of Appellate Decision... D Effect of Appeal... D Withdrawal of Appeal... D Grounds for Appeal... D

29 2. Filings in Appeal Process... D Time for Filing Written Notice of Appeal... D Content of Written Notice of Appeal... D Transmittal of Notice of Appeal to Officers... D Prehearing Proceedings... D Examination of Papers... D Preliminary Questions Determined... D Record on Appeal... D a. List of Record... D a b. Additional Records... D b c. Filing of Record on Appeal... D c d. Correction of the Record... D d e. Notice of Date of Reception... D e f. Copy Furnished at Cost...D f g. Extension... D g Filing of Appellant s Brief... D a. Copy to Other Party... D a b. Extension... D b c. Failure to File Brief... D c Filing of Appellee s Brief... D a. Copy to Other Party... D a b. Extension... D b c. Failure to File Brief... D c Transmittal of Records and Briefs... D Prehearing Conference... D Hearing of Appeal... D Notice of Hearing... D Failure to Appear... D Hearing... D a. New Evidence... D a b. Hearing... D b Decision of Permanent Judicial Commission... D a. If No Errors Are Found... D a b. If Errors Are Found... D b c. Written Decision... D c d. Determination of Each Error... D d

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