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Policy forms of diocesan council's activities

Date FOR-1996-11-15-1454

Ministry of Culture Ministry

Published Dept. In 1997 1955

Commencement 01.01.1997






Corrected 15.12.2011 (§ 1, § 2 and § 3 reversed.)

Short Title
Policy diocesan council's activities

Chapter Overview:

1. (§§ 1-10)

Adopted by the General Synod on 15 November 1996 (KM 19C / 96) pursuant to the Act on 7 June 1996. 31 on the Norwegian Church (church law) § 23, last paragraph.


§ 1. Constitution
Diocese council chooses the constitutive meeting and subsequently every two years among its members, Chairman and Deputy Chairman. Election shall be by ballot. The person who has served as a leader in a period, can disregard the fact his choice for the following two years.

If the chairman temporarily or finally disabled during the time the person is selected, promoted deputy chairman up to the chairman and the council selects temporary or finally a new deputy.

§ 2. Meeting Principle
Diocese council makes its decisions in meetings.

When a decision will finally be decided by another body than the diocesan council, the manager may decide that the matter up in the remote meeting or by written procedures. This may only be made when required to make a decision in the matter until the next meeting, and either there is no time to convene an extraordinary meeting, or the case is not so important that this is deemed necessary. When treating human cases and cases with information that is subject to professional secrecy, can remove meet not used.

It shall keep minutes of the proceedings of the diocesan council. Meeting The book will either be signed by the members present for the meeting or approved by the members as soon encounter the book exists. The Council shall adopt rules concerning the and approval of the minutes book. Each member can make additions if possible dissents.

§ 3. Open or closed meetings Meetings of the diocesan council are open, unless the Council has decided otherwise. Personnel matters and cases where statutory confidentiality warrant shall be dealt with behind closed doors. Debate about an issue to be handled in open or closed doors takes place behind closed doors.

§ 4. Determination of meetings, agendas, convening, chairing
Meetings of the diocesan council to be held at the times that have been adopted by the council itself and otherwise when Dean finds it necessary or at least 1/3 of the members request it.

Council chairman is responsible for setting up an agenda for each meeting. Notice of meeting shall be sent out in good time and no later than one week before the meeting, and must include a list of the matters to be discussed and necessary documents.

If a member of absence at a meeting convened deputy representative.

Meeting of the diocesan council is chaired by the Dean or deputy. Absence of both, selected a special chairman by majority vote.

§ 5. Quorum Diocese council can only make valid decisions when the bishop (acting bishop) and at least three other members are present and gives voice to the case.

§ 6. Amendment of the agenda. Request
Diocese council may by simple majority decide to postpone the substantive discussion of a matter on the posted agenda. It can also make a decision in a case that is not listed on the agenda, unless the chairperson or 1/3 of the attending members oppose this.

Any member of the Council may make inquiries of presiding over the meeting, also on matters not on the agenda.

§ 7. If polls
Decisions diocese Council adopted by simple majority of the votes cast unless otherwise provided by law. On a tie vote in matters other than elections, the Chairman has the casting vote.

When processing the annual budget to the vote on the final vote on the proposed annual budget as a whole. Is it put forward alternative proposals, none of which get majority at the first ballot, then alternate between the two proposals that received the most votes at this.

Election of chairman and deputy chairman are held by majority vote.

Election of members of selection held by majority ballot.

Of elections and appointments, each member demand vote by ballot.


In elections and appointments are the person or persons elected or appointed who has received more than half of the votes cast. If no or an inadequate number of receive such a majority, a second ballot. When this is the person or persons elected or appointed with the most votes. At equality of votes the appointment of the chairman, while the election is decided by lot.

§ 8. Selection
Diocese council may appoint committees for preparatory treatment of matters falling under the Council to perform specific duties, to lead branches of the Council's activities and to perform separately specified tasks within the diocesan council responsibility. For such selection can be selected, other than council members. Both genders should if possible be represented.

Such committees may be empowered to make decisions on all matters placed under the mandate where otherwise specified or provided by law.

§ 9. Reporting
Diocese council prepares by the end of the first quarter of each year, an annual report of the Council's activities in the past calendar year. The report submitted to National Council and other diocesan council decides.

Diocese council over continuously sends their meeting minutes to the Church Council.

§ 10. Detailed rules
Detailed procedural rules for diocesan council's activities are determined by the council itself within the rules Synod has set.

Diocese council determines in particular the delegation rules which authority is assigned to the council chairman, executive committee and general manager of the council.


Rules will come into effect from 1 January 1997.


Synod gives the Church Council was authorized to make minor changes to the rules.