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General Assembly of the Church of Scotland: May 2016

  • Jason Lingiah (a1)


The General Assembly met in Edinburgh from 21 to 27 May with the Rt Revd Dr G Russell Barr BA BD MTh DMin, Minister of Cramond in the Presbytery of Edinburgh, installed as Moderator. This year's Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly was again Lord Hope of Craighead KT PC. Lord Hope served as Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General and was subsequently Deputy President of the Supreme Court. The most significant piece of business relating to the interface between church and civil law again related to same-sex relationships, as outlined below.



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1 It should be remembered that the Scottish Government has consulted on the future of civil partnerships and one issue on which views were sought was whether or not opposite-sex civil partnerships should be introduced. At the time of writing, no decision had been taken.

2 For English lawyers, real property.

3 Panel on Review and Reform, ‘Proposed deliverance and report’, May 2016, available at <>, accessed 1 October 2016.

General Assembly of the Church of Scotland: May 2016

  • Jason Lingiah (a1)


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