REGULATION 1: Of Interpretation, of Amendment and Citation

1. In these regulations unless the context otherwise requires:

“The Anglican Church” or “the Church” means the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies.

“The Annual Meeting” means the meeting in every year of the electors in each Parish for the elections of Lay Representatives and a Vestry.

“The Archbishop” means the Archbishop of the Church in the Province of the West Indies.

“Assistant Curate” means a clergyman who is not a Rector, Vicar or Priest-in-Charge.

“The Bishop” means the Bishop of the Diocese.

“The Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the Diocese.

“Chaplain” means a clergyman appointed to work other than parochial.

“Clergyman” means a Clerk in Holy Orders duly licensed by the Bishop.

“Coadjutor” means Coadjutor Bishop.

“Communicant in Good Standing” means any person who has received the Holy Communion from a Clergyman of the Diocese or of a Church in Communion with the Anglican Church at least twelve (12) times during the last completed calendar year, of which Eastertide should be one (1), having had opportunity to do so, and is not a member or in the habit of attending any place of worship of any religious body not in communion with the Anglican Church, and has paid Diocesan Dues for the year or has been excused from such payment by the Incumbent or Priest-in-Charge of his Parish.

“The Council” means the Diocesan Council constituted under Regulation 9.

“The Diocese” means the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Diocesan Dues” means the dues imposed by Regulation 7, Paragraph 4.

“District” means an area not having the right to Lay Representation at Synod except by leave of the Bishop in Council.

“Elector” means a person who:

(i) is a communicant in good standing;

(ii) has attained the age of eighteen (18) years;

(iii) has during the year ending 31st December preceding the Annual Meeting paid Diocesan Dues for that year.

“The Financial Secretary” means the Financial Secretary of the Diocese.

“Incumbent” means a Rector or Vicar or Priest-in-Charge of Parish.

“Laity”, “layman” or “layperson” means member or members of the Church not in Holy Orders.

“#SYMBOL 42 f “Symbol” s 11#Lay Ministers’ Warden” means a clergyperson appointed by the Bishop for the purpose of supervising and coordinating the activities of the lay ministers provided for by Canon 20 of the Canons of the Church in the Province of the West Indies.

“Lay Representative” means a person elected at the Annual Meeting in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations.

“Month” means Calendar Month.

“Parish” means an area constituted as such and having the right to Lay Representation at Synod.

“Preferment” includes any Deanery, Archdeaconry, Canonry, Benefice, Assistant Curacy, Chaplaincy or other office which requires the discharge of any spiritual duty.

“The President” means the person designated by Regulation 8, Paragraph 14 to preside at meetings of the Synod.

“Priest-in-Charge” means a clergyman in charge of a district or temporarily in charge of a Parish.

“The Province” means the Province of the West Indies and “Provincial” can be construed accordingly.

“Rector” or “Vicar” means a clergyman licensed or instituted to a Parish.

“Regional Council” means a Council constituted under Regulation 8A.

“The Registrar” means the Diocesan Registrar.

“The Secretary” means the Diocesan Secretary.

“The Synod” means the Synod of the Diocese.

“The Treasurer” means the Diocesan Treasurer.

“The Trustees” mean the Incorporated Trustees of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Vestry” means a vestry constituted under Regulation 18.

“The Vicar-General” means the person appointed as such under Regulation 3.

“Writing”, “written” or any term of like import includes all modes of representing or reproducing words in a visible form; words in the singular include the plural and vice versa.

2. Unless otherwise provided every notice requiring to be served hereunder shall be deemed to be duly served if delivered personally or forwarded by post by prepaid letter addressed to the person entitled to receive the same at his last known place of abode or business in this territory. A notice sent by post shall be deemed to have been given at the expiration of seventy-two (72) hours after the letter containing the same has been posted.

3. Unless otherwise provided no proceeding shall be invalidated by the accidental omission to give any notice required to be given by these Regulations.

4. Where in these Regulations reference is made to the holder of an office as such, then such reference shall be deemed made to the person for the time being holding such office unless the contrary intention is expressed.

5. Where by these Regulations any act or thing is required or authorised to be done by more than two (2) persons then unless otherwise provided a majority of them may do it.

6. The Synod may alter or amend these Regulations; but no alteration or amendment shall be made except in accordance with Regulation 8, Paragraph 15 and by the vote of a majority of each Order of Clergy and Laity.

7. Where by these or any future Regulations any former Regulation is in whole or in part repealed, then, if such repealing Regulation is itself repealed by any subsequent Regulation, such as last mentioned repeal shall not revive such former Regulation unless words be added reviving the same.

8. Where by these or any future Regulations any Regulation is in whole or in part repealed, such repeal shall not

(a) revive anything not in force or existing at the time at which the repeal takes effect, or

(b) affect the previous operation of any Regulation so repealed, or anything duly done or suffered thereunder, or

(c) affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under any Regulation so repealed, or

(d) affect any penalty, forfeiture, punishment, direction, or sentence incurred or made in respect of any matter or thing under the Regulation so repealed, or

(e) affect any investigation, proceeding or remedy in respect of any such right, privilege, obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture, punishment, direction order or sentence as aforesaid; and any such investigation, proceeding or remedy may be instituted, continued, enforced and any such penalty, forfeiture, punishment, direction, order or sentence may be imposed and carried into effect as if such repealing Regulation had not been passed.

9. Where these or any future Regulations repeal any former Regulation, such repealed Regulation shall remain in force until the repealing Regulation shall come into operation.

10. If any question shall arise as to the interpretation of these Regulations such question shall be determined by the Bishop after consultation with the Chancellor or Registrar; and the decision of the Bishop shall be final and binding.

11. The Canons of the Church in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago 1947 are hereby repealed without prejudice to the validity of anything done thereunder.

12. These Regulations may be cited as “The Regulations of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago”.