Each Diocese of the Church of England has two Legal Officers, the Chancellor and the Registrar, who may have deputies. The following are the main areas of work undertaken by the Registrar at the Diocesan Registry:
• The giving of advice to the Bishops and all other clergy, to diocesan boards and committees, and to Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils, and dealing with general enquiries from members of the public in relation to marriage, baptism, burial, etc.
• The preparation of notices, licences, permissions, instruments and all other documents relating to the appointment of clergy and lay office holders.
The preparation of the documents required for the consecration of churches, churchyards and cemeteries.
• The maintenance of records relating to churches, clergy, etc.
• The granting of Faculties to authorise changes or additions to consecrated buildings and burial grounds.
• The issue of Common Licences on behalf of the Bishop of Hereford, to authorise marriages in parish churches and in other buildings licensed for the solemnisation of marriages according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.
• Maintenance of a register of patrons of the diocese, and ensuring that the provisions of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 are complied with in relation to the filling of vacant benefices.