The United Pentecostal Church
Judicial Procedure
Selection of the Jury

ARTICLE VIII

SELECTION OF THE JURY

Section 1. The jury shall consist of nine (9) ordained ministers and two (2) alternate ordained ministers.

Section 2. Each District Board shall select and keep a venire of ten (10) to twenty (20) ordained ministers. If a district does not have ten (10) ordained ministers who are eligible, the District Board shall select as many veniremen as possible. They shall write the name of each veniremen on a paper, place each paper in a separate sealed envelope identified by the name of the district, and mail the envelopes to the General Secretary at Headquarters, who shall keep the envelopes on file until the regional pre­siding officer calls for them. The names of the veniremen shall be kept secret until they are requested to serve on a jury.

Section 3. The District Board shall update the names of veniremen each year, prefer­ably changing the names when possible.

Section 4. At the request of the regional presiding officer, the General Secretary shall forward to the officer as many sealed envelopes from his or her region as he or she requires.

Section 5. A venireman who is a member of the accused minister's district or of the district in which he or she is being tried shall not serve on the jury.

Section 6. The regional presiding officer shall send a list of the names of the minis­ters so selected to the accused minister and to the superintendent of the district involved for their approval or disapproval not less than thirty (30) days before the trial date. The accused minister and the District Superintendent must indicate their approval or disapproval not less than twenty (20) days before the trial date. Failure to respond may cause forfeiture of the right to disapprove any name. The accused minister and the District Superintendent may each disapprove up to three (3) names. No reason needs to be given.

Section 7. A member of a District Board shall not serve on a jury.

Section 8. The regional presiding officer shall notify the ministers who have been selected to serve on the jury. If a selected minister has formed an opinion on the case or if he or she has a conflict of interest according to Article I, Section 1, Paragraph 9, the regional presiding officer shall disqualify him or her from serving. The regional presiding officer shall admonish each selected member of the jury to keep his or her selection a secret, not to discuss the case, and to approach the trial with an unprejudiced mind.

The above is part of the judicial procedure of the United Pentecostal Church International and is provided for informational purposes.


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