Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963

The Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 [1] was introduced to simplify ecclesiastical law as it applied to the Church of England, following the recommendations of the 1954 Archbishops' Commission on Ecclesiastical Courts. Among the Acts of Parliament it repealed were the Church Discipline Act 1840, the Public Worship Regulation Act 1874, the Clergy Discipline Act 1892, and the Incumbents (Discipline) Measure 1947.[2]

The first person to be prosecuted under the new measure was the Reverend Michael Bland in 1969. The charges against him related to neglect of his duties, and included leaving church services early, refusing to baptise a baby, preventing one of his parishioners from entering the church to object to the marriage of his son when the banns were published, and disallowing another parishioner from receiving Holy Communion without just cause.[3]



  1. Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963
  2. Cross, F. L.; Livingstone, E. A., eds. (2005), "Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963", Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (online ed.), retrieved 28 February 2013 (subscription required)
  3. Massingberd (2001), p. 41


  • Massingberd, Hugh, ed. (2001) [2 July 1987], "The Reverend Michael Bland", The Very Best of the Daily Telegraph Books of Obituaries, Pan Books, pp. 41–43, ISBN 978-0-330-48470-1
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