The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville


Bishop Christopher is delighted to announce the appointment of His Honour Judge Philip Waller CBE as Chancellor of the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Chancellor Waller takes up his duties immediately following the retirement earlier this year of Judge Christopher Clark.  Judge Keith Cutler CBE continues to serve as Deputy Chancellor with our gratitude for his special contribution during the vacancy.

All are invited to welcome the new Chancellor at Evensong on Sunday 19 January 2014 at 6.00pm at St Thomas's Cathedral, Portsmouth.

A Diocesan Chancellor

Every diocese in the Church of England has an ecclesiastical court, known as the Consistory Court, whose judge is the Chancellor. The Bishop appoints the Chancellor by Letters Patent, following consultation with the Dean of the Arches and the Lord Chancellor. After appointment, the Chancellor becomes an independent judge. The Consistory Court is one of the Queen’s Courts and the authority of the Chancellor derives not from the bishop but from law. Much of the routine work that the Chancellor undertakes is centred on the exercise of faculty jurisdiction, which allows work to be carried out on consecrated churches and churchyards.

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Diocesan Chancellor