Faculty Office

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The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury is a regulatory body in English law, which also exercises some adjudicatory functions. Its responsibilities include:

The Faculty Office is presided over by the Master of the Faculties, who is appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury subject to approval by the Crown. Its jurisdiction is exercised by the Court of Faculties and applies to England and Wales. The jurisdiction was conferred upon the Archbishop by the Ecclesiastical Licences Act 1533 (25 Hen. 8. c. 21) as part of the Reformation in England. This Act transferred to the Archbishop of Canterbury powers which had until then been exercised by the Papal Legate to England. For this reason, they are sometimes called the "legatine powers". They are exercised by the Archbishop of Canterbury not only in the Province of Canterbury but also in the Province of York[1] and the area covered by the Church in Wales.

Notaries public in New Zealand and the State of Queensland, Australia are still appointed by the Faculty Office.[5][6]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Cross, F. L.; Livingstone, E. A., eds. (1974). The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 498.
  • Chambers, D. S. (ed.) (1966) Faculty Office Registers, 1534-1549: a calendar of the first two registers of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Faculty Office. Oxford


  1. ^ Special licences permit the parties to marry before a member of the clergy and according to an Anglican order of service otherwise than in a church: for example, in a school, college or university chapel;[3] or anywhere, if one of the parties to the intended marriage is in danger of imminent death.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Moore, E. Garth (1967). An Introduction to English Canon Law. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 29.
  2. ^ "Faculty Office – Special Licences". Faculty Office. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Faculty Office : Special Marriage Licence – Marriage Law Information – School, College and University Chapels". Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Faculty Office : Emergency Marriages in Hospital, Hospice or At Home (England and Wales)" (PDF). Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the New Zealand Society of Notaries". Society of Notaries of New Zealand. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  6. ^ "What is the Notary Public?". The Society of Notaries of Queensland Inc. Retrieved 6 July 2021.

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