Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Ordinary Tribunal of Ernakulam -Angamaly


TRIBUNAL MINISTERS

The Ordinary Tribunal has a President, one Vice-President, and ten judges. There are four defenders of bond, two promoters of Justice and two notaries. There are also advocates accredited to the Major Archiepiscopal Tribunal. All the judges and defenders of bond of the Major Archiepiscopal Ordinary Tribunal have the degree of doctorate in Canon Law. Most of the tribunal members have other ecclesiastical offices.

 

Major Archiepiscopal Ordinary Tribunal
President

Rev. Dr. Jose Chiramel
Vice President Fr. Joseph Varanath
Judges: Fr. Joseph Pathiyamoola MCBS
Fr. Varghese Palathingal
Fr. John Kochupurackal CST
Fr. Joseph Thoompunkal
Fr. Berchmans Kodackal
Fr. Thomas Thengumpally
Fr. Thomas Adoppillil
Fr. James Thalachelloor
Fr. Vincent Chittilappilly
Fr. Mathew Changankary
Fr. Joseph Mukaleparambil
Defenders of Bond Fr. Mani Kuthodiputhenpurayil CST
Fr. Joseph Velinjalil
Fr. John Chennakauzhy
Fr. Clement Chirayath

Promoters of Justice : Fr. Mani Kuthodiputhenpurayil CST
Notaries: Sr. Greena SD (Office Secretary)
Advocates: Fr. Philip Nelpuraparambil
Sr. Asha John CHF
Sr. Sibi CMC
Fr. Varghese Koluthara CMI
Fr. Jose Paul Nellissery
Fr. Jose Marattil
Fr. Kurian Thamarassery
Fr. Lawrence P. Thomas OFM Cap.
Fr. Abraham Kulamakkal
Sr. Sherin SH
Sr. Mercilit SVM
Fr. Jose Vettickal
Fr. Vincent Cheruvathoor
Fr. Philip Nedumthuruthil VC

Address of the Tribunal

MOUNT ST. THOMAS, P.B.NO.3110, Kakkanad P.O. Kochi 682 030, KERALA, INDIA
Telephone : 0091- 484-2424768, 2424780, 6461269, Fax : 0091- 484-2422727, E mail : mattribunal@gmail.com

The Major Archiepiscopal Tribunal was erected on September 1, 1994 as per the prescription of CCEO canon 1063§1. This tribunal is the appellate tribunal in second and further grades, with judges serving in rotation, for cases already decided in the lower tribunals of the Syro-Malabar Church within its proper territory. It is governed by the statutes.

This tribunal is also competent to judge in first and further grades, with judges serving in rotation, the cases:

1. of exarchs and delegates of the patriarch who are not bishops
2. of physical or juridic persons immediately subject to the patriarch
3. of institutes of consecrated life of pontifical right
4. of superiors of institutes of consecrated life of pontifical right who do not have a superior within the same institute who possesses judicial power;
5. reserved to this tribunal by particular law


TRIBUNAL ACTIVITIES

The great majority of the cases dealt with by the Ordinary Tribunal are marriage nullity cases. From September 1, 1994 till December 31, 2013 this tribunal handled marriage 2087 nullity cases.

Major topics of the recent issue of the periodical are: An Ecclesiology of Communion from the Eastern and Ecumenical Perspectives, Prospects for the New Evangelization of Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, Eparchial Bishop/Local Hierarch and the Religious, Marriages of Unbaptized Persons: Misapprehensions and the Right approach of the Church, Sharing Spiritual Activities and Resources between the Catholic Church and the Non-Catholic Churches, The Office of the Protosyncellus, Canonical Basis of Statutes and Constitutions according to CCEO and CIC, and Particular Law of the Syro-Malabar Church: An Evaluation of the Present Stage.

 

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Language : English
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Language : English
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REPORT OF THE ORDINARY TRIBUNAL IN THE YEAR 2013

Activity Of The Tribunal In Second Instance

CAUSES OF MATRIMONIAL NULLITY HANDLED AFTER AN ORDINARY PROCESS IN FIRST INSTANCE

1 Causes pending at the beginning of the year 29
2 Causes introduced this year 313
3 Decrees of ratification (total number) 279
4 Grounds of nullity considered in the decrees (If a decision considered several grounds of nullity, these are to be indicated separately; thus the total number of decisions under 4 may be greater than that under 3)
 
CCEO c. 801 (Impotence): 01
CCEO c. 818,1° (Lack of sufficient use of reason): --
CCEO c. 818,2° (Grave lack of discretion) 32
CCEO c. 818,3° (Inability to assume): 25
CCEO c. 820§2 (Error of quality): 88
CCEO c. 821 (Fraud)

47

CCEO cc. 820§2, 821 (Fraudulent error)

--

CCEO c. 824§2 (Simulation total) 13
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against fidelity)

26

CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against children) 06
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against good of the spouses)

20

CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against indissolubility) 06
CCEO c. 825 (Force or grave fear)

44

CCEO c. 826 (Condition): 02
5 Sentences given (after an ordinary examination): 29
a) In favour of nullity ("constat de nullitate", at least on one ground )

16

b) In favour of the bond ("non constat de nullitate": on every ground alleged)

13

6 Grounds of nullity considered in the sentences sentences (if a sentence considered several grounds of nullity, these are to be indicated separately; thus the number of decisions under of 6 may be greater than the sum of 5a and 5b)
AFFIRMATIVE (constat de nullitate)
NEGATIVE (non constat de nullitate)
CCEO c. 818,2 (Grave lack of discretion)
04
02
CCEO c. 818,3º (Inability to assume)
01
01
CCEO c. 820§2 (Error of quality)
04
02
CCEO c. 824§2 (Total simulation)
04
02
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against fidelity):
--
02
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against good of spouses):
03
01
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against indissolubility)
--
--
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against children):
--
--
CCEO c. 821 (Fraud)
01
--
CCEO c. 825 (Force or grave fear)
04
02
CCEO c. 826     (Condition)
--
01
 
7 Causes abandoned  
a) Through renunciation (due to the death of the respondent): Nil
b) Through abatement (Peremptio) Nil
8 Causes pending at the end of the year 34

 

Activity Of The Tribunal In Third & Subsequent Instances

CAUSES OF MATRIMONIAL NULLITY HANDLED AFTER A PROCESS IN SECOND INSTANCE

1 Causes pending at the beginning of the year 02
2 Causes introduced this year 32
3 Decrees of ratification (total number) 19
4 Grounds of nullity considered in the decrees: (If a decision considered several grounds of nullity, these are to be indicated separately; thus the total number of decisions under 4 may be greater than that under 3)
 
CCEO c. 818,2° (Grave lack of discretion) 02
CCEO c. 818,3° (Inability to assume) --
CCEO c. 820§2 (Error of quality) 09
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against good of the spouses) 01
CCEO c. 825 (Force or grave fear) 03
CCEO c. 824§2 (Total simulation) 03
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against children) 03
   
5 Sentences given (after an ordinary examination) 10
a) In favour of nullity ("constat de nullitate", at least on one ground) 09
b) In favour of the bond ("non constat de nullitate": on every ground alleged)

01

6 Grounds of nullity considered in the sentences sentences (if a sentence considered several grounds of nullity, these are to be indicated separately; thus the number of decisions under of 6 may be greater than the sum of 5a and 5b)
AFFIRMATIVE (constat de nullitate)
NEGATIVE (non constat de nullitate)
CCEO c. 818,2° (Grave lack of discretion)
02
--
CCEO c. 818,3º (Inability to assume)
01
--
CCEO c. 820§2 (Error of quality):
04
--
CCEO c. 824§2 (Intention against good of the spouses)
01
--
CCEO c. 825     (Force or grave fear)
01
--
7 Causes abandoned  
a) Through renunciation (due to the death of the respondent): Nil
b) Through abatement (Peremptio) Nil
8 Decrees of Nullity of Sentence: Nil
9 Causes pending at the end of the year 05

 

5. Activities Of The Lower Tribunals In The Year 2012

There are seventeen eparchies in four metropolitan provinces and one archeparchy within the proper territory of the Syro Malabar Church. All the four metropolitan provinces have metropolitan tribunals and they function as the tribunals of appeal in the second instance as per c. 1064§1. The metropolitan tribunal of Kottayam judges cases only of the eparchy of the metropolitan of Kottayam. The eparchies of Belthangady and Thuckaly have single judge tribunals. The cases of the eparchy of Ramanathapuram are handled by the eparchial tribunal of Palakkad and the cases of the eparchy of Mandya by the eparchial tribunal of Mananthavady. The eparchial tribunal of Bhadravati is under constitution..

The activities of the eparchial and metropolitan tribunals during the year 2011 are briefly given in the following tables:  : 

 

Cases Processed by the Tribunals of the First Instance during the Year 2012

 

Tribunals

 

Cases for Process

 

Cases Disposed

 

Sl. No.

 

Eparchial and Metropolitan Tribunals
(First Instance)

Cases Pending

Cases Introduced

Total

Affirmative Sentences

Negative Sentences

Total Sentences

Cases Abandoned

Penal Cases

Ratum et non-consum

Total

Cases Pending

1

Belthangady

01

01

02

01

-

01

-

-

-

-

01

2

Bhadravathi

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3

Changanacherry

41

81

122

35

13

48

02

-

-

02

72

4

Ernakulam-Ang.

92

71

163

59

-

59

01

-

01

02

102

5

Idukki

16

22

38

14

-

14

03

-

02

05

19

6

Irinjalakkuda

55

52

107

43

01

44

-

-

03

03

60

7

Kanjirappally

17

49

66

30

05

35

-

-

03

03

28

8

Kothamangalam

24

30

54

22

-

22

-

-

-

-

32

9

Kottayam

09

17

26

16

-

16

-

-

-

-

10

10

Mananthavady

22

22

44

23

-

23

-

-

-

-

21

11

Mandya

-

01

01

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

01

12

Palai

10

64

74

23

02

25

05

-

-

05

44

13

Palakkad

05

20

25

09

-

09

04

-

-

04

12

14

Ramanathapuram

06

07

13

03

-

03

03

-

-

03

07

15

Tellicherry

11

98

109

44

02

46

27

-

-

27

36

16

Thamarassery

09

20

29

16

-

16

-

-

-

-

13

17

Thuckalay

01

01

02

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

02

18

Trichur

77

93

170

62

03

65

04

-

-

04

101

 

 

Total

 

396

 

649

 

1045

 

400

 

26

 

426

 

49

 

-

 

09

 

58

 

561

 

 

Cases Processed by the Tribunals of the Second Instance during the Year 2012

 

Tribunals

 

Cases for Process

 

Cases Disposed

 

Sl. No.

Metropolitan Tribunals
(Second Instance)

Cases Pending

Cases Introduced

Total

Decrees of Ratification

Affirmative Sentences

Negative Sentences

Cases Abandoned

Total

Cases Pending

1

Changanacherry

17

66

83

56

03

02

01

62

21

2

Ernakulam-Ang.

04

40

44

36

-

-

-

36

08

3

Tellicherry

-

41

41

32

-

01

01

34

07

4

Trichur

08

30

38

32

02

01

-

35

03

 

 

Total

 

29

 

177

 

206

 

156

 

05

 

04

 

02

 

167

 

39

 

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