Structure

Structure of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller
OSJ (Malta)

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Structure
The Sovereign Council is the supreme legislative body of the OSJ. The [Lieutenant] Grand Master is the President of the Sovereign Council. The Secretary General provides administrative assistance. The Ecclesiastical Council gives advice on religious, liturgical and ecclesiastical matters. The role of the Petit Conseil is the central administration of the Order. The Supreme Court resolves disagreements and differences. The Units of the Order

The Sovereign Council is the supreme legislative body of the OSJ.

It consists of a maximum of twenty Bailiffs who, together with the Grand Priors and Priors, make up the governing body.

Bailiffs, who may serve until age 80, are regular members of the Sovereign Council and hold permanent seats, while Grand Priors and Priors hold temporary seats for as long as they hold their posts.

The [Lieutenant] Grand Master is the President of the Sovereign Council.

The Grand Magistracy can be filled by a Lieutenant Grand Master elected with full powers by the Sovereign Council. The Lieutenant Grand Master is elected for a limited period of time and enjoys all the rights and privileges of the Grand Master.

The Secretary General provides administrative assistance.

The [Lt] Grand Master, with the approval of the Petit Conseil, appoints a Bailiff or Knight/Dame Commander as Secretary General to provide administrative assistance to the President of the Sovereign Council.

The Ecclesiastical Council gives advice on religious, liturgical and ecclesiastical matters.

Its members are drawn from clerical members of Christian denominations and are appointed by the [Lt] Grand Master with the approval of the Petit Conseil.

The role of the Petit Conseil is the central administration of the Order.

It is made up of four Conventual Bailiffs (the Grand Commander, the Grand Marshal, the Grand Councillor and the Grand Hospitaller) and their lieutenants, and convenes twice a year or more frequently, if necessary, to manage the affairs of the OSJ.

The Supreme Court resolves disagreements and differences.

Disagreements and differences, which cannot be otherwise settled, are resolved by the Supreme Court of the Order, comprising three judges and two auxiliary judges chosen from Knights and Dames of Justice or Grace.

The Units of the Order

Grand Priories are governed as autonomous entities but always in concert with the [Lieutenant] Grand Master, within and in harmony with the directives of the Petit Conseil, and in accordance with the Constitution given by the late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia. Some priories come under the jurisdiction of a Grand Priory, others are independent, responsible directly to the Petit Conseil. Similarly, some Commanderies are under the jurisdiction of a Grand Priory or Priory, others are independent, responsible directly to the Petit Conseil.