The Tribunal serves as the ecclesiastical court for the Palestinian Orthodox Church. The Archbishop is the Chief Judge of the Tribunal but delegates his judicial authority to the Judicial Vicar who acts in his place. The Tribunal has four Judges. There are four Defenders of the Bond who have a role in marriage cases. There is one Promoter of Justice who acts like a District Attorney in criminal cases.
This Tribunal has competency to prosecute or to vindicate the rights of physical or juridical persons or to declare facts. It can also impose or declare penalties.
ANNULMENTS & MARITAL STATUS
The Tribunal's work involves persons who question their martial status. They want to know if they are free to marry in the Palestinian Orthodox Church. In these situations the Tribunal investigates the validity of that union as to whether a person is bound by marriage or is free to marry. This office helps Orthodox Christians within the Palestinian Orthodox Church return to the Sacraments of the Church.
The Tribunal also assists in preparing cases that must be decided by the Archbishop. Tribunal personnel assist and advise the Archbishop in other canonical matters which affect of the Church.
If you have any questions regarding the Tribunal or Annulments in the Church we ask that you contact us at:
Palestinian Orthodox Church of America
Archdiocese of Pennsylvania
1812 Mahantango St
Pottsville, PA 17901