The Constitution gives members a means to resolve disagreements and differences, which cannot be otherwise settled, by providing for a body comprised of three judges and two auxiliary judges chosen from among the Knights and Dames of Justice or of Grace, who serve three-year terms, called The Supreme Court [C IX].
The Constitution places four main areas under the competency of the Supreme Court:
- The observance of the prescriptions of the Constitution, laws, and ordinances of the Order.
- The judgment of any differences between dignitaries of the Order, with the exception of Bailiffs who may form their own Court.
- Legal matters and matters of honour submitted to its judgment by the Sovereign Council.
- Appeals originating from decisions reached by the Courts of the Grand Priories or Priories.
The present Supreme Court:
– Chevalier Andrew Bray Wilson GCSL [Grand Priory of Southern Australia] – Judge
– Chevalier Krister Thelin GCSL [Priory of St. Eskil – Sweden] – Judge
– Chevalier Judson Scott GCSL [Priory of The Pacific ] – Judge
– Chevalier William Van Ness CJSJ [Americas Priory] – Auxiliary Judge
– Chevalier Richard Muscat KGSJ [Russian Grand Priory of Malta] – Auxiliary Judge