The Sovereign Council assists the Grand Master in the government of the Order of Malta. It is composed of the Grand Master, who presides over it, the holders of the four High Offices (Grand Commander, Grand Chancellor, Grand Hospitaller and Receiver of the Common Treasure) and six members.
Apart from the Grand Master, they are elected for a five-year term by the Chapter General.
The Sovereign Council is called by the Grand Master and meets at the seat of the Order of Malta at least six times a year and whenever special circumstances require it.
From 29 April 2020, following the death of Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, the Sovereign Order of Malta is governed by a Lieutenant ad interim in the person of H.E. Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas. He will stay in office until the election of a new Grand Master.