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Registry and Chancellor

by Helen Clemow last modified 19 Aug, 2020 10:44 AM

The Diocesan Registry deals with a large proportion of the legal matters affecting the Diocese, the Bishop, the parishes and all the other organisations and officers of the Diocese. The Chancellor works both independently and in consultation with the team.

All the clergy may call on the Registrar for advice when necessary.

Important notice

From 8th August 2020 it will be a legal requirement for visitors to the office to wear face masks.  Whilst we may have a small stock of masks available, we ask all visitors to bring (and wear) their own masks.

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The Registrar is also the Bishop’s Legal Secretary, and is responsible for advising the Diocesan and Suffragan Bishops on the law generally - in addition to church law - as far as it affects the Church and Diocese.

Telephone: 01722 432390
Address: Salisbury Diocesan Registry, Minster Chambers, 42/44 Castle Street, Salisbury SP1 3TX

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Registry advice and work includes - The Chancellor

The Registry Team includes:

Registry advice and work includes:


Brexit and Marriage to EEA nationals post-March 2019

Updated Listing Update here

For a Notification of Advice (first stage of Faculty Process) from the DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee), click here.

For the 2015 Administration of Holy Communion regulations, click here and scroll down. 

For ChurchCare 'Trees in Churchyards' guidance notes, Updated Listing click here and search. 

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The Chancellor

The Worshipful Canon Ruth Arlow was appointed in 2016, and also installed as a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral the same year. Miss Arlow has been a barrister since 1997, has a degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University and is an experienced Ecclesiastical Lawyer. She is also Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich and case notes editor for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal.

The work of the Chancellor

Each Diocese has an ecclesiastical court - the Consistory Court - and this is presided over by the Chancellor. The Chancellor is appointed by the Diocesan Bishop, but remains independent. Much of the Chancellor’s work deals with national faculty legislation, controlling works to and around consecrated churches and churchyards.

The Chancellor also sets the parameters for Churchyard Regulations, which are specific to each Diocese. This work is administered by and through the Diocesan Registry. The Chancellor sometimes hears disputed matters in open court. In addition, Common Marriage licences are issued under the Chancellor’s Seal and general legal advice is provided for the bishop in the role of Vicar-General.

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