About the Tribunal

The Diocesan Tribunal assists the Bishop of Charleston as he fulfills his judicial ministry to the People of God, in accord with the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church. In service to the People of God, the Bishop of Charleston authorizes the Tribunal to hear the cases of all individuals seeking to clarify their marital status, as the Church understand the bond of marriage, who are subject to the Bishop’s jurisdiction. The Tribunal is open to all who have canonical grounds and can provide the Tribunal with the requisite proofs. In fulfilling its mandate, the Tribunal seeks to protect the canonical rights of the Faithful, including the right to privacy, while upholding the Christian obligations of the members of the Roman Catholic Church.