Chancery Court of York
The presiding officer, the Official Principal and Auditor, has been the same person as the Dean of the Arches since the nineteenth century. The Court comprises the Auditor, two clergy and two laymen, as for the Court of the Arches in the Province of Canterbury. The Registrar is distinct however, and is at present Lionel Lennox (1987-).
Original jurisdiction was formerly exercised by a separate provincial court, known as the Court of Audience. It was presided over by the Auditor. This court was merged in the Chancery Court of York in the eighteenth century.
The Provincial Registrar of York is appointed by the archbishop, after consultation with the Standing Committee of the General Synod. There may be a deputy provincial registrar. The provincial registrar acts as legal advisor to the archbishop, registrar of the provincial court, and joint registrar of the General Synod.
Auditors of the Chancery Court of York
- Charles George, QC, 2009-
- Sheila Cameron, CBE, QC, 2000-2009
- The Hon Sir John Owen, QC, 1980-2000
- The Revd Kenneth Elphinstone, QC, 1977-1980
- Sir Harold Kent, GCB, QC, 1972-1976
- Walter Wigglesworth, QC, 1971-1972
- The Rt Hon Sir Henry Willink, Bt, QC, 1955-1971
- Sir Philip Wilbraham-Baker, KBE, 1934-1955
- Sir Lewis Dibdin, QC, 1903-1934
- Sir Arthur Charles, 1898-1903
- The Rt Hon Lord Penzance, 1875-1899