The Judicial Council is the highest judicial body or "court" of The United Methodist Church. Its nine members are elected by the General Conference. The Judicial Council determines the constitutionality of acts or proposed acts of the General, Jurisdictional, Central, and Annual Conferences. It acts on these either on appeal of lower rulings or through requests for declaratory decisions. It also rules on whether acts of other official bodies of the denomination conform to The Book of Discipline. This is done in accordance with procedures established in The Book of Discipline.
There are no decisions numbered 256 - 300. Decisions rendered by the Judicial Council of The Methodist Church end with number 255. Following the 1968 union, decisions by the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church began with number 301.
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