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Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia v. Belya

Pending petition

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
22-824 2nd Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether the First Amendment’s church autonomy doctrine and its “ministerial exception” should be understood as an immunity from judicial interference in internal religious leadership disputes covered by the doctrine, or instead as a mere defense against liability; and (2) whether a minister’s defamation claims against his church arising from internal church disciplinary proceedings are barred by the church autonomy doctrine or may instead proceed under the “neutral principles” approach developed for church property disputes.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Feb 27 2023Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due March 31, 2023)
Mar 08 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response from March 31, 2023 to May 1, 2023, submitted to The Clerk.
Mar 09 2023Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including May 1, 2023.