Interpretations of Law
The Section and Regulation headings included in THE CODE beginning with the 1995 General Revision shall not be construed or interpreted as substantive law.
In every case in which an appeal from any act or order is authorized by THE CODE, such appeal shall be in writing signed by the appellant.
The decisions of the Grand Lodge upon the reports of the Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence or the Committee on Appeals touching the legal questions involved are judicial in nature and are to be considered as correct interpretations of existing laws. Such action by the Grand Lodge must in no sense be considered as legislative or the making of law. [2-1; 2-6.2; 2-7].
Any member of the Grand Lodge may invoke its judicial determination upon a question of law as applicable to a given state of facts in the following manner:
Decisions and opinions of the Grand Master:
1. A decision must arise on a controverted point or question to which there are parties having conflicting interests, with the right to seek a review in the Grand Lodge. [59-5].
2. The action of the Grand Lodge on a decision, on the report of the Committee on Masonic Jurisprudence shall be deemed a correct interpretation of the law governing the case decided.[8-4]
A. The Master of a lodge, any Grand Lodge officer, District Deputy Grand Master, District Deputy Grand Lecturer, or any member of any Grand Lodge board, committee, or commission may inquire of the Grand Master as to the law in a particular case, and an opinion of the Grand Master in reply thereto isofficial. [13-2.2; 13-2.5; 13-3.2].
5. Opinions, if official and approved by the Grand Lodge, have the effect of an approval of the act of the Grand Master in the particular instance, but are not binding as correct expressions of either written or unwritten law. They are of value only as opinions formed upon ex parte statements, without issues submitted in proceedings requiring judicial determination.