In no sense can his" consistorial "system of church government be regarded as Presbyterian.
Matrimonial matters and those relating to wills and succession (called in Scotland " consistorial " causes) were in 1563 taken from the old bishops' courts and given to " commissaries " appointed by the crown with an appeal to the court of session, which by act 1609, c. 6, was declared the king's great consistory.
The bishops had consistorial courts; the patriarchs, chanceries and consistories (ib.).
The court of first instance is the " consistorial court " of the bishop. This consists of a small body of ecclesiastics.
The bishop's consistorial court, consisting of himself and four priests, has a limited jurisdiction in first instance.