- In the U.S., monition refers to a summons.
In English law and the canon law of the Church of England, a monition, contraction of admonition, is an order to a member of the clergy to do or refrain from doing a specified act. Other than a rebuke, it is the least severe censure available against clergy of the Church of England. Failure to observe the order is an offence under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963. A monition can be imposed in person by a bishop or by an ecclesiastical court.
Historically, monitions of a disciplinary character were used to enforce residence on the holder of a benefice, or in connection with actions to restrain allegedly unlawful ritual practices under the Public Worship Regulation Act 1874. Disobedience to such monitions historically entailed the penalties of contempt of court.
- Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963, art.49(1)(d)
- Doe, N. (1996). The Legal Framework of the Church of England: A Critical Study in a Comparative Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 216–217. ISBN 0-19-826220-5. (Google Books)
- [Anon.] (1911) "Monition", Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Yates, N. (1999). Anglican Ritualism in Victorian Britain, 1830-1910. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 251–275. ISBN 0-19-826989-7. (Google Books)