What is the Metropolitan Tribunal of Atlanta?

The ministry of the Metropolitan Tribunal of Atlanta includes all matters concerning the application and practice of canon law within the Archdiocese of Atlanta as well as the appeals court for the Atlanta Ecclesiastical Provinces of Atlanta, which includes the dioceses of Charlotte, Charleston, Raleigh and Savannah. By delegation, the Tribunal also handles all matters of permissions and dispensations pertaining to marriage.

The Judicial Vicar (Officialis) is the presiding judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal or court of law, and is assisted in case management and judicial processes by the judges, advocates, notaries, and other professionals of the court.

The Judicial Vicar is a consultant to the Archbishop and coordinates all aspects of Archdiocesan administration and services which are concerned with the application and practice of canon law throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The staff canon lawyers and paralegal professionals of this Secretariat are canonical counsel to the bishop, offices, parishes, and institutions of the diocese.

Have questions?

For General questions:

Please contact our receptionist at 404-920-7500 or Christine DiMartino, Senior Office Administrator at 404-920-7509 or cdimartino@archatl.com.

For Questions concerning the process to submit a petition to the Court:

Please contact your Parish Priest or Deacon.

For Questions concerning Dispensations/Permissions:

Dalia Barrios, Notary
404-920-7525
dbarrios@archatl.com

For Questions concerning Lack of Form or Ligamen (Prior Bond) Cases:

Yolanda Berrios, Notary
404-920-7505
yberrios@archatl.com

For Questions concerning Pauline Privilege or Petrine Privilege (Privilege of the Faith) Cases:

Michele Chamorro, Auditor
404-920-7523
mchamorro@archatl.com

For Questions concerning Rogatories:

Angela Pratt, Senior Notary
404-920-7511
apratt@archatl.com

For Questions concerning a Formal case already submitted to the Tribunal

Please contact your Advocate.

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