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Annulment Case Status

On average, it takes two years from the time our office receives a Formal Petition for a Declaration of Nullity of Marriage to complete the investigation. Over the course of the investigation, there is often communication between our office and the Petitioner, as well as with the Respondent and witnesses. Of course the Petitioner is interested in the status of the case - "At what stage in the investigation is the case? How much longer will it take?" Understandably, the Petitioner is anxious to resolve the case as soon as possible, and so are we. However, it is of no help to the Petitioner or to us to call the office weekly for an update, especially given the fact that we have over 400 cases pending and we try to handle them on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead of calling, please check for the Case Status for your case as listed below (chronologically according to case number). Your case status may not change for weeks, and that is often because we try to handle cases in the order in which we received them. Please be patient with us.

 

Here is a list of the chronological steps from the time we receive a case until it receives a decision. Once a decision is given, the case is removed from the list below. Please note that not all steps are applicable in every case.

                   CASE STATUS                                       WHAT IT MEANS

Case received in the tribunal                                        Case has been received by our office

Waiting for more information before case is begun         Case is missing required information before it 

                                                                                         can be started (for example, address for the                                                                                           Respondent, witnesses, documents)

Judicial vicar reviewing case before acceptance             Checking to see if there are grounds for nullity

                                                                                         and summarizing petition for Respondent

Case accepted                                                           Case meets requirements for investigation of nullity

Contacting Respondent and waiting for reply                 Summary of petition sent to Respondent, awaiting

                                                                                          his/her reply

Officers of the Court named & Grounds set                    Judges assigned and grounds of nullity set

Investigation begun - Waiting for Witnesses to reply       Questionnaires sent to witnesses - awaiting replies

Waiting to hear from Petitioner                                     Tribunal needs to speak to Petitioner

Waiting to interview Respondent                                   Tribunal wants to interview Respondent

Case with Auditor for interviews                                   Auditor needs to interview one of the parties or

                                                                                     the witnesses

Petitioner reminded to contacts Witnesses                       Witnesses have not replied - need the Petitioner

                                                                                      to encourage witnesses to reply

Presiding Judge reviewing file                                        Judge reviewing the case to see if all testimony

                                                                                      has been gathered and whether it is sufficient

                                                                                      to conclude the investigation

Publication of the Acts                                                  Both parties have 15 days to review all the 

                                                                                     testimony of the parties and witnesses

Publication of the Acts in another diocese                       Testimony in the case sent to another diocese so

                                                                                      the Respondent can review it

Case sent to Defender of the Bond                                 Defender puts forth all arguments in favor of the 

                                                                                      marriage bond

Case sent to Judges for their vote                                   Judges take turns reading all testimony and the 

                                                                                      Defender's arguments before casting a vote

Waiting for Sentence to be written                                  Judges have voted - but the case is waiting to be 

                                                                                       written

Final sentence being written                                           Judges have voted - decision being written under

                                                                                       guidance of presiding judge

Waiting for Case to be written

Case being signed by Judges                                         Sentence written - all judges need to sign it

Respondent notified of final decision                               Respondent & Petitioner have 15 days to lodge 

      15 days to appeal                                                       an appeal

Decision appealed to San Diego                                    One of the parties appealed the decision to the

                                                                                       court of Second Instance in the Diocese of                                                                                             San Diego

Decision appealed to Roman Rota                                   One of the parties appealed the decision to the

                                                                                        Roman Rota

Case Status for Formal Cases

(listed in numerical order, and accurate as of January 27, 2023)

2017-0582    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2019-0590    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2019-0684    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0500    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2020-0501    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0507    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0535    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2020-0538    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2020-0541    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0542    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0544    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0551    Case with Auditor/Instructor
2020-0556    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2020-0590    Publication of the Acts
2020-0610    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2020-0617    Case sent to Judges
2020-0643    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0649    Abandoned - Case type changed
2020-0650    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2021-0506    Abated by Tribunal
2021-0508    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2021-0511    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2021-0525    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2021-0527    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0530    Case with Auditor/Instructor
2021-0531    Case with Auditor/Instructor
2021-0532    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2021-0545    Case sent to Judges
2021-0554    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0558    Case sent to Judges
2021-0564    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2021-0567    Case sent to Judges
2021-0568    Case sent to Judges
2021-0571    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0573    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2021-0575    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0577    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0586    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2021-0589    Case sent to Judges
2021-0591    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0592    Case sent to Judges
2021-0593    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2021-0594    Case sent to Judges
2021-0595    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2021-0596    Abandoned - At request of Petitioner
2021-0597    Case sent to Judges
2021-0598    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2021-0600    Case sent to Judges
2021-0607    Case with Auditor/Instructor
2021-0609    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0610    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2021-0611    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0500    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0501    Case sent to Judges
2022-0504    Petitioner reminded to contact witnesses
2022-0505    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0506    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2022-0506    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0507    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0508    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0512    Case sent to Judges
2022-0513    Notice to Respondent it is Affirmative (15 days to appeal)
2022-0514    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0515    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0516    Case sent to Judges
2022-0518    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0520    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0522    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0527    Publication of the Acts
2022-0530    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0531    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0533    Case sent to Judges
2022-0534    Publication of the Acts
2022-0535    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0536    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0537    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0538    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0539    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0540    Case sent to Judges
2022-0542    Publication of the Acts
2022-0544    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0545    Case accepted
2022-0546    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0547    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0548    Case sent to Judges
2022-0550    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0551    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0552    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0553    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0554    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0555    Publication of the Acts
2022-0556    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0557    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0558    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2022-0559    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0560    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0561    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0562    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2022-0564    Waiting for Respondent to reply
2022-0568    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0569    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0570    Petitioner reminded to contact witnesses
2022-0571    Publication of the Acts
2022-0572    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2022-0573    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0574    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0575    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0576    Waiting for Respondent to reply
2022-0577    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0578    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0579    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2022-0580    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0581    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0582    Publication of the Acts
2022-0584    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0585    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0586    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0587    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0588    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0589    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0590    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0591    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0593    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0594    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0595    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0596    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2022-0597    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2022-0598    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0599    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0600    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0601    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0602    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0603    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0604    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0605    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0606    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0607    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0608    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0609    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0611    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0612    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0613    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0614    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0615    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0617    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0618    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0619    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0620    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0621    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0622    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0623    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0624    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0625    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0626    Case accepted
2022-0627    Case accepted
2022-0628    Case accepted
2022-0629    Case accepted
2022-0630    Waiting for more information before case is begun
2022-0631    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0632    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0633    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0634    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0635    Case accepted
2023-0500    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0501    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0502    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0503    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0504    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0505    Case accepted
2023-0507    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0508    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0509    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0510    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0511    Case accepted & Respondent contacted

 

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