I have repeated my standard introduction with every previous commentary so I will not add it here. If you are new to this blog, scroll down a bit and you will find that full statement presented with the commentaries on the Fall, 2017 decisions. (go to November 24, 2017). You may find it helpful even if you have visited here before.
Just a couple reminders: One, the word “Council” is used to refer to the Judicial Council. Two, there was to be no spring session of the Judicial Council this year (2108) because its docket was so small. However, the Council of Bishops (hereinafter referred to as “the Bishops”) raised a question that had to be answered in a timely way (JCD 1360 below). While the Council was at it, they took care of the other business they had deferred to this coming Fall session.