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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Judicial Supervision of Church Elections

Volume 2 . Chapter 6 . § 6-12.5
Key point 6-12.5. Some courts will supervise church elections to ensure compliance with the procedural requirements specified in the church's governing documents, if they can do so without inquiring into religious doctrine or polity.

Some courts have been willing to supervise a church election to ensure compliance with applicable procedural requirements if the church requests such supervision or if certain members allege that the church has disregarded procedural requirements in the past. To illustrate, in one case, former members who had been expelled by their church asserted that the meeting at which the congregation voted to expel them had not been called with adequate notice. The trial court held that the meeting at which the dissidents ...

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