The Archdiocesan Tribunal highlights these three items from the Holy Father’s motu proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, on the reform of canonical procedure for the annulment of marriage in the Code of Canon Law:
- There is no longer a mandatory appeal of affirmative cases, which means 2-3 months have been taken off the length of time for formal cases;
- We are now competent to hear cases when the marriage took place in another country or when the respondent lives in another country provided the petitioner lives in our Archdiocese;
- The Holy Father has announced a new process which is simplified and is for those cases “where the nullity of marriage is supported by arguments that are particularly evident.” This is a procedure that works alongside the formal cases and does not replace the formal process.
As of now there is not an English translation of the MP, but soon I’m sure there will be