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The Diocesan Tribunal and
The Diocesan Tribunal is the court of the Diocese of Honolulu. It handles petitions for declarations of marital nullity and other judicial causes that come before the bishop for adjudication.
The Office for Canonical Affairs promotes a greater understanding of the law of the Church (canon law) and helps assure that the provisions of canon law are implemented correctly and equitably. It provides canonical advice, education and assistance to the bishop, diocesan and parish staff, religious orders and other Catholic institutions and associations, and the faithful of the diocese.
To petition for a declaration of nullity based on a Defect of Consent, click here. This file has the preliminary investigation form, petition, and witness list for a formal cause seeking a declaration of marital nullity. You can fill in the form on the computer, print it out, and bring it to your parish priest or deacon in the Diocese of Honolulu whom you would like to serve as your procurator-advocate. The priest or deacon completes the last page. For more information on the steps of the process, click here. For information on the doctrine of marriage and why this process is necessary, click here.
Have you been asked to serve as a witness for a Honolulu diocese marriage nullity cause? Click here for a witness form. You can type the form on the computer, print, sign, and mail to Tribunal. You can also scan and email the form to us, although it must include your signature.
To petition for a declaration that a marriage was not binding due to a Lack of Canonical of Form, click here. This petition is only for a marriage involving one or two Catholics, if not before a priest or deacon and two witnesses, and if no dispensation from canonical form is granted by the bishop. This applies only to Catholics. Also, it does not require the regular declaration of nullity procedure. Only documents proving that the marriage took place outside the Church without a dispensation and without ever being validated are necessary.
Provided by the Office for Canonical Affairs:
Catholic Engaged Encounter:
The following are the documents and forms included in the Diocese of Honolulu Marriage Manual:
Very Reverend Mark J. Gantley, JCL
Reverend Steve Nguyen, JCL
Anne Kirby, JCL
Mary L. Duddy