Canon 5 of the First Council of Vaison (Gaul, AD 442) allows everybody who is not satisfied with their bishop`s judgement to appeal to the synod.
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[Capitulum secundum codd. A et R] V. Qui episcopi sui sententiam non adquiescit recurrat ad synodum.
[Capitulum secundum cod. M] II[sic!]. De eo quod si quis episcopi suae sententiae non adquiescens.
[Capitulum secundum coll. Hispanam] V. Vt qui sententiae episcopi sui non adquiescit recurrat ad synodum.
Si quis episcopi sui sententiae non adquiescit, recurrat ad synodum.
(ed. Munier 1963: 98, 103)
[Title according to the codices A and R] V. One who does not assent with his or her bishop's judgement should appeal to the synod.
[Title according to the codex M] II[sic!]. What if someone does not assent with his or her bishop's judgement.
[Title according to the Hispana collection] V. That one who does not assent with his or her bishop's judgement should appeal to the synod.
If someone does not assent with his or her bishop's judgement, he or she should appeal to the synod.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)
It seems that this canon refers to anyone dissatisfied with his or her bishop's judgement. However, one can presume that oftentimes the presbyters were the ones who wanted to refer to the synod, being in conflict with their bishops. See, e.g. .
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Title: First Council of Vaison 442, Concilium Vasense I anno 442 Origin: Vaison (Gaul) Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The First Council of Vaison was held on the Ides of November (i.e. 13th of November) in 442 under Bishop Auspicius of Vaison. Twenty-three bishops were either present or had sent their representatives.
Ch. Munier ed., Concilia Galliae a. 314-a. 506, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 148, Turnhoult 1963.
Ecclesiastical administration - Participation in councils and ecclesiastical courts
Public law - Ecclesiastical
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J. Szafranowski, Presbyters
in the Late Antique West, ER511, http://www.presbytersproject.ihuw.pl/index.php?id=6&SourceID=511