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5. It shall be the duty of the moderator, ai ail times, to preserve order, and to endeavour to conduct all business before the judicatory to a speedy and proper result.

6. It shall be the duty of the clerk, as soon a possible after the commencement of the sessione of every judicatory, to form a complete roll of the members present, and put the same into the hands of the moderator. And it shall, also, be the duty of the clerk, whenever any additional members take their seats, to add their names, in their proper places, to the said roll.

7. It shall be the duty of the clerk, imme. diately to file all papers, in the order in which they have been read, with proper endorsements, and to keep them in perfect order.

8. It shall be the duty of the moderator, carefully to keep notes of the several articles of business, which may be assigned to particular days, and to call them up at the time appointed.

9. The moderator may speak to points of order, in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the judicatory by any two members.

10. Business left unfinished at the last sitting, is ordinarily to be taken up first.

11. À motion made must be seconded, and afterward repeated by the moderator, or read aloud, before it is debated; and every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the moderator, or any member require it.

12. Any member, who shall have made a mo. tion. shall have liberty to withdraw it with the

consent of his second, before any debate has taken place thereon; but not afterward, without the leave of the judicatory.

13. On questions of order, adjournment, postponement, commitment, or the previous question, 110 member shall speak more than once. On all other questions, each member may speak twice, but not oftener, without express leave of the judicatory.

14. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received, unless to amend it, to commit it, to postpone it, for the previous question, or to adjourn.

15. An amendment may be moved on any motion, and shall be decided before the original motion.

16. If a motion under debate contains several parts, any two members may have it divided, and a question taken on each part.

17. The previous question shall be in this form—“shall the main question be now put ?" And until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment, and further debate on the main question.

13. If the previous question be decided in the affirmative, the debate on the main question may proceed; if in the negative, the effect shall be to arrest the discussion, and to produce an indefinite postponement.

19. A question shall not be again called up, or reconsidered at the same sessions of the judicatory at which it has been decided, unless by the consent of two thirds of the members who were present at the decision; and, unless the motion to reconsider be made and seconded by persons who voted with the majority.

20. A subject which has been indefinitely postponed, either by the operation of the previous ques tion, or by a direct motion for indefinite postpone ment, shall not be again called up during the same sessions of the judicatory, unless by the consent of three fourths of the members who were present at the decision.

21. Every member, when speaking, shall address himself to the moderator, and shall treat his fellow members, and especially the moderator, with decorum and respect.

22. Without express permission, no member of a judicatory, while business is going on, shall engage in private conversation ; nor shall members address one another, nor any person present, but through the moderator.

23. No speaker shall be interrupted, unless he be out of order, or for the purpose of correcting mistakes or misrepresentations.

24. It is indispensable that members of eccle. siastical judicatories maintain great gravity and dignity while judicially convened; that they attend closely, in their speeches, to the subject under consideration, and avoid prolix and desultory harangues and when they deviate from the subject

, it is the privilege of any member, and the duty of the moderator, to call them to order.

25. No member, in the course of debate, shall be allowed to indulge in personal reflections.

26. If more than one member rise to speak at the same time, the member who is most distant from the moderator's chair shall speak first.

27. When more than three members of the ju. dicatory shall be standing at the same time, the


moderator shall require all to take their seats, the
person only excepted who may be speaking.

28. If any member act, in any respect, in a dis-
orderly manner, it shall be the privilege of any
member, and the duty of the moderator, to call
him to order.

29. If any member consider himself as ag.
grieved by a decision of the moderator, it shall be
his privilege to appeal to the judicatory; and the
question on such appeal shall be taken without

30. Members ought not, without weighty rea-
sons, to decline voting, as this practice might leave
the decision of very interesting questions to a
small proportion of the judicatory.' Silent mem-
bers, unless excused from voting, must be consi-
dered as acquiescing with the majority.

31. It is the duty of the moderator to appoint
all committees, except in those cases in which the
judicatory shall decide otherwise.

32. The person first named on any committee,
shall be considered as the chairman thereof, whose
duty it shall be to convene the committee, and, in
case of his absence, or inability to act, the second
named member shall take his place, and perform
his duties.

33. When various motions are made with re-
spect to the filling of blanks with particular num-
bers or times, the question shall always be first
taken on the highest number, and the longest time.

34. When the moderator has commenced taking
the vote, no further debate or remark shall be
admitted, unless there has evidently been a mis-
take ; in which case, the mistake shall be rectified,

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35. When a yote is taken by ballot in any judi-
catory, the moderator shall vote with the other
members; but he shall not vote in


unless the judicatory be equally divided ; when,
if he do not choose to vote, the question shall be

36. The yeas and nays on any question shall
not be recorded, unless it be required by one third
of the members present.

37. All judicatories have a right to sit in pri-
vate, on business which, in their judgment, ought
not to be matter of public speculation.

38. Besides the right to sit judicially in private,
whenever they think it right to do so, all judicato-
ries have a right to hold what are commonly called
"interlocutory meetings," or a sort of committees of
the whole judicatory, in which members may freely
converse together without the formalities, which
are usually necessary in judicial proceedings.

39. Whenever a judicatory is about to sit in a
judicial capacity, it shall be the duty of the mode-
rator, solemnly to announce from the chair, that
the body is about to pass to the consideration of the
business assigned for trial; and to enjoin on the
members to recollect and regard, their high charac-
ter, as judges of a court of Jesus Christ, and the
solemn duty, in which they are about to act.

40. In all process before a judicatory, where
there is an accuser, or prosecutor, it is expedient,
that there be a committee of the judicatory ap.
pointed, (provided the number of members be suffi.
cient to admit of it without inconvenience,) who

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