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, Business Manager 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, Deacon, an Advocate or Case Sponsor.

For Questions concerning Dispensations/Permissions:

Christine DiMartino, Business Manager



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

Yolanda Berrios, Notary

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

Felix Menendez, STL, JCD, Judge



For Questions concerning Rogatories:

Angela Pratt, Moderator of the Tribunal Chancery

For Questions concerning an Ordinary Process case already submitted to the Tribunal

Please contact your Advocate.

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