Monday, July 10, 2017

Court Issues Detailed Instructions For Church Board Election

In Rock Church, Inc. v. Bristulf, (NY Cty. Sup. Ct., June 28, 2017), a New York trial court ordered a special meeting for an election of a church board of trustees, setting out detailed instructions for conducting the election.  The order came after three earlier court orders, each of which ordered a special meeting to elect a board, failed to result in a successful election. Part of the detailed instructions provided:
As the meeting is not the Annual Business Meeting, Section 5.7 of the By-laws (allowing all members the "right to express their opinion on any matter relating to the Church at the Annual Business Meeting") shall not apply. The only business to be conducted at the meeting shall be the voting to elect the Board of Trustees and such vote shall be conducted without prior discussion.