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Canon Law Research Guide

This research guide on the GlobaLex site was prepared by Don Ford, Foreign, Comparative and International Law Librarian at the University of Iowa College of Law. It includes a general overview of the subject, followed by sections relating to the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran Churches, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons). Each section includes lists of print sources and links to relevant web sites. This edition is dated March 2015: the original edition dated June/July 2007 is also accessible.

Church of England: Legal Services

This section of the Church of England’s web site includes lists of Measures of the General Synod of the Church of England in force 1920 onwards, of Statutory Instruments relating to the Church of England 1964 onwards, and of legislation in progress. The Canons of the Church of England, 7th edition (2012), is available to view online. There is also general information on the Synodical legislative process, and information about the Church of England’s disciplinary process.

Code of Canon Law

Full text of the consolidated code of [Roman Catholic] canon law, dated 2007, cross-referenced by means of hypertext links and including wordlists and concordances.

Ecclesiastical Law Society

The Ecclesiastical Law Society’s web site includes an index to the Ecclesiastical Law Collection at the Middle Temple Library (available to members of the Ecclesiastical Law Society and others entitled to use the library), brief digests of Consistory Court cases 2002-2013, and a link to the Ecclesiastical Law Journal on the Cambridge University Press web site, which includes tables of contents and digests of articles.

Legislation.gov.uk: Church Measures

This page of the UK’s official legislation database provides access to Measures of the General Synod of the Church of England and of its predecessor the National Assembly of the Church of England (complete 1988 onwards, partial 1920-1987). Some Measures are available as revised, with an option to access the original text as enacted under “What Version” on the left of the screen. Church Instruments 1991 onwards are available elsewhere on the site via the “Browse Legislation” tab.

Manx Church Law

This site provides information about the ecclesiastical law of the Isle of Man with particular reference to differences from the law of England. It is produced by K.F.W. Gumbley, solicitor and Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Sodor and Man Diocesan Synod.