The Tribunal of the Diocese of Stockton

  The Tribunal of Stockton assists the Bishop of Stockton in accord with Catholic Church law in carrying out his responsibility as the shepherd of the local Catholic community. Overseeing the ministry of the tribunal is a priest appointed by the bishop to be his judicial vicar. Qualified lay persons and clerics trained in Church law are appointed by the bishop to serve on the tribunal. Individuals with a degree in canon law serve as judges who decide each case after evaluating the merits of the petition for a declaration of invalidity, and defenders of the bond whose responsibility is to safeguard the presumed validity of each marriage examined. Various other court officials contribute to the process at appropriate times.



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