Chancery and Tribunal
“In every curia a chancellor is to be appointed whose principal function, unless particular law establishes otherwise, is to take care that acts of the curia are gathered, arranged, and safeguarded in the archives of the curia.” (Canon 482.1)
Fr Christopher Dawson is the Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of the Diocese.
The role of the Chancellor is to see that certain formal decisions of the Diocesan Bishop or of other Diocesan personnel are properly drawn up, made know to the interested parties and recorded.
The Chancellor also exercises the Bishop’s authority to give certain marriage permissions and he processes the papers for the marriages of people living in the Diocese who are solemnising their marriage outside the Diocese.
“Each diocesan bishop is bound to appoint a judicial vicar, or officialis, with ordinary power to judge, distinct from the vicar general unless the small size of the diocese or the small number of cases suggests otherwise.” (Canon 1420 §1)
Fr Christopher Dawson is the Judicial Vicar of the diocese.
In his care for the people entrusted to him, the Diocesan Bishop is sometimes called upon to adjudicate attempts to pursue or vindicate the rights of persons, physical or juridical, or to declare juridical facts. He exercises this responsibility through the Diocesan Tribunal which is headed by the Judicial Vicar.
The majority of cases which come to the Diocesan Tribunal are applications for an investigation into the validity of marriage (annulments).
Fr Christopher Dawson, Chancellor and Judicial Vicar
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