Article 11
The governing body of the Order for humanitarian activities is the Supreme Council. The Supreme Council must respect the Laws and the Decrees issued by the Government of the Order.

Article 12
The Supreme Council shall consist of the Prince Grand Master, the Lieutenant Grand Master (when so elected), the Governor (when so elected), the Grand Chancellor and minimum ten (10) selected members. All are to serve only to age seventy-five (75); however, a special Decree by the Prince Grand Master can extend offices for life.
Members selected must be Grand Crosses or Senior Knights of Justice, and if possible, from various geographical areas.
All the members of the Supreme Council, while in office, shall retain the title of OSJ Senator.

Article 13
The Prince Grand Master is ex officio President of the Supreme Council. In his absence, the Lieutenant Grand Master or the Governor will preside over the Supreme Council.

Article 14
All members of the Supreme Council shall exercise their deliberative vote, except for the Prince Grand Master who may exercise two deliberative votes, when present, or if delivered by proxy to the chairman of the Supreme Council the two deliberate votes will still be exercised on his behalf.

Article 15
Meetings of the Supreme Council shall be convened and conducted in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Supreme Councils. Quorum will be fifty percent (50%) plus one.

Article 16
The Supreme Council between its meetings shall delegate part of its executive powers and functions to the Grand Chancellor, in consultation with the Prince Grand Master and the Governor.

Article 17
Deliberations of the Supreme Council are consultative and the final decision rests with the Prince Grand Master in consultation with the Lieutenant Grand Master, the Governor and the Grand Chancellor. 

Article 18
Grand Prior's Conferences will usually take place every year and normally before each Supreme Council meeting. All deliberations are treated as consultative, consensus will be taken seriously, but any recommendations are not binding unless approved by the Prince Grand Master or by the Governor, possibly in consultations with the Grand Chancellor.


The Senior Officers of the Order

Article 19
The Prince Grand Master is the constitutional hereditary head of the Order. He is vested with, and may exercise in Council, all the ancient rights, privileges and prerogatives traditionally due to and inherent in the sovereignty of his office.
When the hereditary lines come to an and or the succession is impossible, he is elected by the Supreme Council. When elected, he may retain and exercise the office ad vitam unless he elects to retire earlier or is permanently prevented by incapacity from fulfilling his duties, as certified by the Governor.


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