Registry of the Diocese of York of the Church of England
Caroline Mockford is Registrar of the Diocese and Legal Secretary to the Archbishop of York, Registrar of the Consistory Court of the Diocese and Legal Adviser of the Diocesan Synod.
Staff in the Registry
Deputy Registrar: Lionel Lennox
Registry Secretary: Jess Smith
Registry Secretary: Nick Popka
Faculty Secretary: Hazel Bell
The Registrar and her staff are available to give advice to:
- The Archbishop, suffragan bishops and archdeacons of the Diocese
- Authorised clergy (stipendiary and non-stipendiary) in the Diocese
- Chairman and secretaries of boards, councils and committees of the Diocese
- Rural deans and lay chairman of deanery synods in the Diocese
- Churchwardens and secretaries of PCC's in the Diocese
- On legal matters properly arising in connection with the discharge of their ecclesiastical synodical and parochial offices.
Advice is also available to bona fide enquirers concerning the law of marriage, baptism, confirmation and burial of the dead (coffin burials and cremated remains) according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.
The Registrar and her staff prepare and register all documents required in connection with ordination, instituting and licensing of clergy and others under canon law, licensing of buildings for public worship and the consecration of churches and burial grounds.
There are some restrictions on the amount of advice and work that may be done in the Registry without payment of a fee. Guidance is given where appropriate.
For further guidance about practice in the Diocese of York please click on the links below. All guidance is general and it is not intended as definitive advice about any specific matter. If you require specific legal advice about particular circumstances, then you should consult your solicitor or the Registrar of the Diocese of York - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Baptismal and confirmation records
- Publications on Ecclesiastical Law for Parochial Clergy and Churchwardens
- Title deeds and documents for land belonging to the Church of England
- Personal Liability of PCC and its members for a loan taken by PCC
- Marriage: Licensing a church building for marriages
- Preliminaries for the solemnisation of Marriage May 2015
- Marriage by Common Licence of Divorced Persons Procedure
- Marriage by Common Licence of Divorced Persons - Questions reproduced from the House of Bishops Advice to Clergy leaflet
- Marriage by Common Licence of Divorced Persons - Additional questions to be answered by the officiating priest
- Marriage by persons by Common Licence - checklist of documents to be produced to Surrogate
- Guidance for Surrogates Concerning Common Licences for Marriage
- Hours for the solemnisation of marriages in the Church of England: Explanatory Note: October 2012
- Procedure for publishing banns of matrimony: Explanatory Note of legal changes: 22 November 2012
- Faculty matters
- Legal help for Churchwardens
- Getting Married in Church
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