The Diocesan Tribunal serves as an extension of the Church's ministry and commitment to justice. The Church has a long tradition of maintaining its own legal system, called "canon law"; the Tribunal is, in effect, the "court" for that system.
Much of our work surrounds the process of marriage annulment, an often misunderstood concept. We hope these pages will clarify what an annulment is, and answer most of your questions. The Tribunal also works to resolve questions of authority and jurisdiction within the Church, and serves to protect the rights of both institutions and individuals.
Please keep in mind that not all marriage cases are resolved through a formal annulment process. Be sure to check with your priest or the Tribunal Office to determine which case is needed in your particular situation.
To obtain a Petition for a Church Declaration of Invalidity (annulment), visit this link.
The following resource may be helpful for anyone seeking more information on Canon Law, the Tribunal and the annulment process.
- Canon Law Society of America