REGIONAL PRESIDING OFFICER
Section 1. Appointment.
1. A regional presiding officer shall be appointed from each region by the General Board of the United Pentecostal Church International for a term of two (2) years.
2. In the event he or she should resign, become disabled, or move from the region, the Executive Board shall declare the office vacant and appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.
Section 2. Qualification.
1. Shall be a resident of the region for which he or she is appointed.
2. Shall meet the same qualifications as those established for general officers in Article IV, Section 3, Paragraph 1 of the General Constitution of the United Pentecostal Church International.
3. Shall be of wise judgment, oriented in the judicial procedure, and capable of discreetly and honorably presiding over a trial.
Section 3. Duties.
The duties of the regional presiding officer shall be as follows:
1. To preside over the ministers appeal council.
2. To preside over trials in his or her region and in other regions when designated by the Executive Board. In the event a trial involves the district in which he or she resides, the General Superintendent shall select another regional presiding officer to preside over the trial.
3. To set the place, date, and time of a trial under his or her jurisdiction. He or she is to notify in writing all persons involved in the trial of the place, date, and time of the trial. In case of a trial postponement or other changes, he or she is to reset the place, date, and time and to notify in writing all persons involved of the changes.
4. To follow the procedure in Article VIII in selecting a jury, notifying veniremen of their selection, and securing their commitment to serve.
5. To appoint an ordained minister from the region to serve as recording secretary for a trial. The recording secretary cannot be a member of the District Board that referred the case to trial.
6. To conduct a fair and impartial trial in accordance with Article IX, and to conduct himself or herself in a manner that will not prejudice the jury.
7. To instruct the jury on their responsibility as jurors and on the proper procedure in reaching a verdict.
8. To announce the verdict of the jury and take appropriate post-trial actions according to Article IX, Section 6, Paragraphs 4, 6, and 9.
The above is part of the judicial procedure of the United Pentecostal Church International and is provided for informational purposes.