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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 December 1, 2023)

2017-0582    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2019-0590    Case sent to Judges
2020-0507    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2020-0538    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2020-0551    Case with Auditor/Instructor
2020-0556    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2020-0576    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2020-0650    -- Select --
2021-0508    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0525    Closed AFFIRMATIVE decision
2021-0532    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0593    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2021-0595    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2021-0610    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0504    Case sent to Judges
2022-0506    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0522    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0531    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0536    Case sent to Judges
2022-0538    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0539    Case being signed by Judges
2022-0547    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0550    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0556    Case sent to Judges
2022-0557    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0558    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0561    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0562    Waiting to hear from Petitioner
2022-0568    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0569    Case sent to Judges
2022-0570    Case sent to Judges
2022-0571    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0572    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2022-0575    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0582    Case sent to Judges
2022-0586    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0587    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0588    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0590    Petitioner reminded to contact witnesses
2022-0591    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0596    Case sent to Judges
2022-0597    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0598    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0599    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0600    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0602    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0605    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0606    Case sent to Judges
2022-0607    Petitioner reminded to contact witnesses
2022-0608    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0609    Publication of the Acts
2022-0611    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0613    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0614    Case sent to Judges
2022-0615    Case sent to Judges
2022-0617    Petitioner reminded to contact witnesses
2022-0619    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0620    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0621    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0623    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2022-0625    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0630    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0631    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2022-0632    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2022-0634    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2022-0635    Case sent to Judges
2023-0500    Publication of the Acts
2023-0501    Waiting for Respondent to reply
2023-0502    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0503    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0504    Case sent to Judges
2023-0505    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0506    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0507    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0508    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0509    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0510    Case sent to Judges
2023-0511    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0512    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0513    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0515    Waiting for Respondent to reply
2023-0516    Case with Auditor/Instructor
2023-0517    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0518    Publication of the Acts
2023-0519    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0520    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0522    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0523    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2023-0524    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2023-0526    Case sent to Judges
2023-0527    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0528    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0529    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0530    Publication of the Acts
2023-0533    Case sent to Judges
2023-0534    Case sent to Judges
2023-0535    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0536    Publication of the Acts
2023-0538    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0539    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0540    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0541    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0542    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0543    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0544    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0545    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0546    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0547    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0548    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0549    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0550    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0551    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0552    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0553    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0554    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0555    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0556    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0557    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0558    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0559    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0560    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0561    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0562    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0563    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0564    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0565    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0566    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0567    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0568    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0569    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0570    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0571    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0572    Publication of the Acts
2023-0573    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0574    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0575    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0576    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0577    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0578    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0580    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0581    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0582    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0583    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0584    Presiding Judge reviewing file
2023-0585    Waiting for more information before case is begun
2023-0586    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0587    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0588    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0589    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0590    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0591    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0592    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0593    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0594    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0595    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0596    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0597    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0598    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0599    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0600    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0601    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0602    Case sent to Defender of the Bond
2023-0603    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0604    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0605    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0606    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0607    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0608    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0609    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0610    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0611    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0612    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0613    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0614    Investigation underway - Waiting for Witnesses to reply
2023-0615    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0616    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0618    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0619    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0620    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0621    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0622    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0623    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0624    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0625    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0626    Officers of the Court named & Grounds set
2023-0627    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0628    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0629    Case accepted & Respondent contacted
2023-0630    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance
2023-0631    Judicial Vicar reviewing case before acceptance

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