In preparation for the changes requested by Pope Francis for the Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (The Gentle Judge, our Lord Jesus), the information for the Metropolitan Tribunal of Atlanta will be available only on the prior version of the website (  Read the Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio of the Supreme Pontiff Francis.

On December 8, 2015, when the changes take effect you will be able to access the updated information at this location.

What is the Metropolitan Tribunal of Atlanta?

ladyJusticeThe Metropolitan Tribunal of Atlanta ministry includes all matters concerning the application and practice of canon law within the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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.