The process of judging a petition
The completed statement of the petitioning spouse (the libellus) is submitted to the tribunal by the petitioner’s parish. Correspondence will follow from the tribunal to the respondent in which he or she will be asked to answer a series of questions. Witnesses are contacted and asked to respond to questions sent to them in the form of a questionnaire. The petitioner and the respondent are informed of each phase of the case. Once the information needed has been gathered, the parties and their advocates/procurators have the right to review the materials at the tribunal office. The defender of the bond then studies the case and offers to the assigned judge(s) observations as to the merit of the case. The judge(s) evaluate the case and pronounce the decision. Both parties and their advocates/procurators have the right to read the decision of the judge(s) at the tribunal office.