- In the U.S., monition refers to a summons.
In English law
and the canon law
of the Church of England
, a monition
, contraction of admonition
, is an order
to a member of the clergy
to do or refrain from doing a specified act. Other than a rebuke
, it is the least severe censure available against clergy of the Church of England. Failure to observe the order is an offence
under the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963
. A monition
can be imposed in person by a bishop
or by an ecclesiastical court
Historically, monitions of a disciplinary character were used to enforce residence on a benefice, or in connection with actions to restrain allegedly unlawful ritual practices under the Public Worship Regulation Act 1874. Disobedience to such monitions historically entailed the penalties of contempt of court.