Tribunal

The Church understands marriage to be an intimate partnership of life and love between a man and a woman, one which is permanent, faithful, and fruitful. However, we acknowledge the sad reality that, for various reasons, relationships sometimes end in separation and civil divorce. In these situations, it may be possible for the Church to investigate a former marriage to see if it was indeed invalid in accordance with Church Law and thus able to be declared null.

If, after investigation, the evidence shows that a particular marriage is invalid, that is from the beginning it suffered from a radical defect, then the Church may declare it null, leaving open then the possibility of a further marriage which would be recognised by the Church. Our team are qualified and trained to advise, investigate, and determine whether or not a particular marriage may be declared invalid in line with the requirements of Church Law in a professional manner and in a spirit of compassion.

If you wish to contact the Tribunal Administrator they will be pleased to guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have.

Meet the Tribunal

Bernadeta Gabb
Tribunal Administrator
Diocesan Tribunal
Rev Mons John Hadley
Parish Priest, Chancellor, and Adjunct Vicar Judicial
Chancery
Rev Peter Vellacott
Parish Priest and Judicial Vicar
Diocesan Tribunal
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Chancery

On behalf of the Bishop of Nottingham, the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor issue a wide variety of dispensations and permissions, mainly, but not entirely, to enable couples to marry.

The Chancellor also keeps records of dispensations, permissions, and decrees, and certain other documents issued by the bishop or other local Ordinaries, or by the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor on their behalf. The Chancellor also gives advice in regard to the law of the Catholic Church. All of this work is provided in a professional manner in a spirit of compassion.

Meet Our Chancery

Bernadeta Gabb
Tribunal Administrator
Diocesan Tribunal
Rev Mons John Hadley
Parish Priest, Chancellor, and Adjunct Vicar Judicial
Chancery
Rev Peter Vellacott
Parish Priest and Judicial Vicar
Diocesan Tribunal
Anna Zimand
Vice-Chancellor
Chancery
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