Revised Minutes, 17 February 1834 [D&C 102]

and justice.
Those counsellors who draw even numbers, that is, 2, 4,  6, 8, 10 and 12, are the individuals who are to stand up <in>  the behalf of the accused and prevent insult or injustice.
In all cases the accuser and the accused shall have  a privilege of speaking for themselves before the council,  after the evidences are heared, and the Counsellors who are  appointed to speak on the case, have finished their remarks.
After the evidences are heared; the counsellors, accuser  and <the> accused, have spoken, the president shall give a decis ion according to the understanding which he shall have  of the case, and call upon the twelve Counsellors to sanc tion the same by their voices.
But should the remaining Counsellors who have not spoken*,  or any one of them, after hearing the evidences and pleadings  impartially, discover an error in the descision of the president,  they can manifest it, and the case shall have a re-hearing;  and if after a careful rehearing, any additional light is  thrown upon the case, the descision shall be altered accord ingly; but in case no additional light is given, the first  decision shall stand; the majority of the Council haveing  power to determine the same.
In cases of difficulty respecting doctrine, or principle;  if there is not a sufficiency written to make the case clear  to the mind of the Council, the president may inquire  and obtain the mind of the Lord by revelation.
The high priests, when abroad, have power to call and organ ize a Council after the manner of the foregoing, to settle diffi culties when the parties, or either of them shall request it, <and the said council of high priests shall have power to appoint one of their own  number to preside over such council> by  appointing or chooseing one of their number to preside over  the council for the time being.
It shall be the duty of said Council to transmit, immedi ately, a copy of their proceedings, with a full statement  of the testimony with <accompanying> their decision, to the high council [p. 34]
Revised minutes, Kirtland, OH, 17 Feb. 1834; handwriting of Orson Hyde; in Minute Book 1, pp. 31–35; CHL.