Bishop's coat of arms Manx Church Law
Although the Manx Church is part of the Church of England, its law differs in important respects from that applying in England. These pages contain information about the ecclesiastical law of the Isle of Man, with particular reference to the differences from that of England.
Acts and Measures are reproduced by permission of the copyright owner, the Treasury of the Isle of Man.
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Ecclesiastical law — general
The Law of the Manx Church A brief outline of Manx Church law
Commentaries on works on English Church law
Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councillors in the Isle of Man A commentary on MacMorran & Briden's Handbook for Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councillors (new revised edition, Mowbray. 2010) (48KB — requires a PDF reader)
Your Church and the Law in the Isle of Man A commentary on David Parrott's Your Church and the Law (2nd ed., Canterbury Press, 2011) (68KB — requires a PDF reader)
A commentary on the 1st ed. (2008) is here (58KB).
Legislation
Church Legislation in the Isle of Man An article which first appeared in the Ecclesiastical Law Journal in 1994
The Church Legislation Procedure Act 1993 The Act of Tynwald which enables the Sodor and Man Diocesan Synod to legislate for the Church in the Isle of Man
Isle of Man Church Measures A list of Measures enacted under the Church Legislation Procedure Act 1993 (or its predecessor) with a summary of their effects
Click here for a printable text in PDF format of the above Measures (800KB — requires PDF reader)
Re Robinson: the judgment of Deemster Farrant The leading case on the application of United Kingdom ecclesiastical legislation to the Isle of Man
Church government
The Church Representation Rules as they have effect in the Isle of Man from 1 January 2015 The rules in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969, as modified in their application to the Isle of Man by the Church Act 1987 (of Tynwald) and subsequent legislation
Note that the printed editions of the Church Representation Rules published by Church House Publishing and the online versions at legislation.gov.uk and www.churchofengland.org give the law as it has effect in England, not in the Isle of Man.
Click here for a printable text in PDF format of the above Rules (513KB — requires PDF reader)
The Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 as it has effect in the Isle of Man The legislation relating to the powers of PCCs, as modified in its application to the Isle of Man
The Churchwardens Measure (Isle of Man) 2013 The legislation relating to the appointment and tenure of office of churchwardens of parishes, in effect from 1 January 2015.
Note: the Churchwardens Measure 2001 does not extend to the Isle of Man. The legislation in force before 1 January 2015 is here.
The Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 as it has effect in the Isle of Man The legislation relating to the appointment of rectors and vicars of parishes, together with Notes for Guidance of Parishes on the operation of the Measure
The Mission and Pastoral Measure (Isle of Man) 2012 The new legislation relating to pastoral reorganisation (in force 1 Jan 2013)
The Standing Orders of the Sodor and Man Diocesan Synod Click here for a printable (PDF) version (141KB — requires a PDF reader)
Mission Partnerships A note on the new groupings of parishes (which replaced rural deaneries as from 1 Jan 2013)
Printable (PDF) version (56KB — requires a PDF reader)
Church courts
The Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 as it has effect in the Isle of Man The legislation relating to the discipline of bishops, priests and deacons in matters not involving doctrine, ritual or ceremonial, as modified in its application to the Isle of Man
The Clergy Discipline Rules 2005 (SI 2005/2022) as they have effect in the Isle of Man The procedural rules for disciplinary tribunals under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003, as modified in their application to the Isle of Man
The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991 as it has effect in the Isle of Man The legislation relating to the care of churches and the control of works affecting churches, as modified in its application to the Isle of Man
The Faculty Jurisdiction Rules (Isle of Man) 2010 (SD 330/10) The procedure and forms for applications for a faculty
Marriage
Church weddings in the Isle of Man An outline of the legal formalities for a wedding in An Anglican church in the Isle of Man
Anglican Marriage in the Isle of Man A guide to the law for clergy (220KB — requires PDF reader)
The Marriage Act 1984 So much of Act of Tynwald relating to the formalities of marriage in the Isle of Man as applies to marriages according to the rites of the Church of England
The Gender Recognition Act 2009 and the Church A note on the effect of the Gender Recognition Act 2009 in relation to the Church of England (48KB — requires PDF reader)
Miscellaneous
The Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure 2009 as it has effect in the Isle of Man The Measure creating Common Tenure, the new terms of service for Anglican clergy and other church workers, which came into force in the Isle of Man on 1 Jan 2013 and is supplemented by Regulations and Directions (printable versions – PDF reader required)
The Sodor and Man Diocesan Board of Finance A brief account of the history and functions of the DBF (PDF reader required)
The Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 as it has effect in the Isle of Man The legislation allowing for the ordination of women to the priesthood, as modified in its application to the Isle of Man
The Church Records Measure (Isle of Man) 2000 The legislation providing for the establishment of a diocesan record office and the safe-keeping of diocesan and parochial records
A printable version of the provisions of the Measure relating to parochial registers and records, and relevant provisions of the Marriage Act 1984, is here (103KB); the directions given by the Bishop as to the safekeeping of parochial registers and records are here (66KB). (PDF reader required)
The Religious Charities Regulations 1999 The regulations which exempt certain Church of England and non-conformist Church bodies from registration under the Charities Registration Act 1989
A short note on Manx copyright law
History
Manx Church Law in the 19th Century Evidence given by Sir James Gell and Mr S Harris to the Royal Commission on the Ecclesiastical Courts (from the report of the Commission, 1883, C.3760, vol. ii pp. 317-337)
The 1811 Impropriate Fund Act The text of the Act of Parliament 51 Geo.3 c.ccvii, which settled the long-running dispute between the clergy of the Isle of Man and the Earls of Derby concerning impropriated tithes; with an introduction.
Sherwood's Manx Law Tenures A handbook on Manx land law, written in the 1850's and published in 1899

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