Tribunal

Dio­cese of Stock­ton
212 N. San Joaquin ST
Stock­ton, CA  95202–2409

 

Tel:  209/466‑0636
Fax: 209/464‑2617

 

tribunal@stocktondiocese.org

   
       
       
  A tri­bunal is a court estab­lished in each dio­cese by the bishop to assist him in car­ry­ing out his respon­si­bil­ity as shep­herd of the local Chris­t­ian com­mu­nity which has been entrusted to him (cc.369, 1419 Code of Canon Law, 1983). As the judi­cial office of the bishop, the dioce­san tri­bunal coop­er­ates in his min­istry of fur­ther­ing the supreme law of the Church – the sal­va­tion of souls (c.1752).

 

 

Although most cases brought before the tri­bunal involve ques­tions of mar­i­tal nul­lity, the court also acts as the com­pe­tent forum for other issues.

 

Church law safe­guards the indis­sol­u­bil­ity of the sacra­ment of mar­riage. By law, a mar­riage is pre­sumed valid until estab­lished oth­er­wise by pos­i­tive proof (c.1060). A dec­la­ra­tion of inva­lid­ity is ren­dered when the mar­riage is deter­mined to be invalid. While the process is judi­cial, it is the com­mit­ment of the tri­bunal per­son­nel to demon­strate a pas­toral atti­tude and regard for those who sub­mit cases for adjudication.

 

The Dio­cese of Stock­ton is a court of first instance for mar­riage cases within its ter­ri­tory.

     
   
 
 
      First Steps  
      Required Doc­u­ments  
      Sub­mit­ting a Peti­tion  
      Locat­ing the Forms  
      Non-Catholic Mar­riages  
      Rights of Both Par­ties  
      Judg­ing a Peti­tion  
      Grounds of Inva­lid­ity  
         
    Peti­tioner  
      Court Fees  
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      Non-Cooperative  
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      Church on Mar­riage  
      Invalid Dec­la­ra­tion?  
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      Infor­ma­tion Review  
      Tim­ing of Deci­sion  
      Appeals  
      Fee for Ser­vices  
      Remar­riage Allowed?  
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    Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions  
      Church on Mar­riage  
      Divorced Catholics  
      Invalid Mar­riage  
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