Church Law

The General Assembly acts as the highest court of the Church of Scotland, and has the authority to make laws determining how the Church of Scotland operates.

A full list of these laws, referred to as acts and regulations, dating back to 1929, is available to download on the website.

Please note we no longer provide a printed copy of the Acts and Regulations of the General Assembly. Anyone still wishing to purchase a loose leaf folder for earlier printed versions can do so for £10 from: Linda Jamieson at the Principal Clerk's Office by emailing ljamieson@cofscotland.org.uk or at the Church's offices in Edinburgh.

Standing Orders

The Standing Orders describe how business should be conducted at the General Assembly and specify the membership of the Church's committees.

An Introduction to Practice and Procedure

An Introduction to Practice and Procedure in the Church of Scotland is written by respected church law lecturer the Rev A. Gordon McGillivray. This publication is updated annually incorporating the legislative and administrative changes brought about by the preceding General Assembly.

  • This document is currently under revision and is unavailable at this time.