Asking for a Special ruling by the Judicial Council
The Committee on Investigation of the West Ohio Conference ruled in a case of a complaint against a pastor in such a way that the Church appealed it to the North Central Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals. When they ruled that the church counsel was right but that the case be paused until the conclusion of the 2019 General Conference, the church counsel sought a decision from the Council to remove the pause. The Council deferred until it meets before the General Conference in question, asking the church counsel to provide grounds in church law for his request that the Judicial Council intervene.
Like the Council, I have no awareness of any church law that allows church counsel to seek the Council’s intervention by a request for an interlocutory ruling.
Our judicial system is relatively simple and does not include a lot of the alternative appeals routes common in civil courts. While I doubt that the church counsel will find sufficient grounds in church law to pursue his appeal, the Council at least is allowing him the possibility which means they may open up a channel not here-to-fore available. Hopefully, if the Council does, it will provide a way to expedite interlocutory (“between sessions of the Council”) decisions. I think it already has authority to do that. In JCD 1361, the Council was ready to wait until the General Conference deals with it but I believe the Council will realize that is can set up something under Discipline Paragraph 56.6 where is says, “To provide its own methods of organization and procedure.”