Minute Book 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and justice.
Those counsellors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4,  6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals who are to stand up in  the behalf of the accused and prevent insult or injustice.
In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have  a privilege of speaking for themselves before the council,  after the evidences are heared, and the counsellors who are  appointed to speak on the case, have finished their remarks.
After the evidences are heard; the counsellors, accuser  and <the> accused, have spoken, the president shall give a decis ion according to the understanding which he shall have  of the case, and call upon the twelve counsellors to sanc tion the same by their voices.
But should the remaining counsellors who have not spoken*,  or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings  impartially, discover an error in the decision of the president,  they can manifest it, and the case shall have a re-hearing;  and if after a careful rehearing, any additional light is  thrown upon the case, the descision shall be altered accord ingly; but in case no additional light is given, the first  decision shall stand; the majority of the council haveing  power to determine the same.
In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine, or principle;  if there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear  to the mind of the council, the president may inquire  and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelation.
The high priests, when abroad, have power to call and organ ize a council after the manner of the foregoing, to settle diff iculties when the parties, or either of them shall request it, <and the said council of high priests shall have power to appoint one of their own number to preside over such council> by  appointing or chooseing one of their number to preside over  the council for the time being.
It shall be the duty of said council to transmit, immedi ately, a copy of their proceedings, with a full statement  of the testimony with <accompanying> their decision, to the high council [p. 34]
and justice.
Those counsellors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals who are to stand up in the behalf of the accused and prevent insult or injustice.
In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have a privilege of speaking for themselves before the council, after the evidences are heared, and the counsellors who are appointed to speak on the case, have finished their remarks.
After the evidences are heard; the counsellors, accuser and the accused, have spoken, the president shall give a decision according to the understanding which he shall have of the case, and call upon the twelve counsellors to sanction the same by their voices.
But should the remaining counsellors who have not spoken*, or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings impartially, discover an error in the decision of the president, they can manifest it, and the case shall have a re-hearing; and if after a careful rehearing, any additional light is thrown upon the case, the descision shall be altered accordingly; but in case no additional light is given, the first decision shall stand; the majority of the council haveing power to determine the same.
In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine, or principle; if there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear to the mind of the council, the president may inquire and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelation.
The high priests, when abroad, have power to call and organize a council after the manner of the foregoing, to settle difficulties when the parties, or either of them shall request it, and the said council of high priests shall have power to appoint one of their own number to preside over such council for the time being.
It shall be the duty of said council to transmit, immediately, a copy of their proceedings, with a full statement of the testimony accompanying their decision, to the high council [p. 34]
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