Collegiate Judge


Collegiate Judge

@ Diocese of Lafayette

  • Work with the Judicial Vicar, who is canonically responsible for the operation of the Tribunal Office, to be sure that all procedures are correctly followed according to the universal law of the Roman Catholic Church. 
  • Gather and communicate information regarding Tribunal cases, interacting with Petitioners, Respondents, Procurators/Advocates, Notaries, Defenders of the Bond, Assessors, Auditors, and other Judges. 
  • Guide and direct the instruction of marriage nullity cases and other Tribunal processes.
  • Conduct interviews of Petitioners, Respondents, or witnesses as needed.
  • Examine correspondence and appeals from Parties or their Procurator/Advocates and respond accordingly.
  • Recommend psychological evaluation of Petitioners or Respondents by the Court Expert, when necessary.
  • Compose and issue decrees, correspondence, vota, and sentences.
  • Work with Assessors, who may evaluate evidence, draft sentences, etc.
  • Work with Auditors, who may conduct judicial interviews.
  • Prepare canonical opinions for Judicial Vicar.
  • Work with parish priests and pastoral ministers to meet the needs of those requesting review of their marital status in the Church.
  • Research previous cases as needed.
  • Consult with staff of tribunals in other dioceses to seek or provide information as necessary and appropriate. 
  • Provide status reports (verbal/written) as requested, according to standards established by the Judicial Vicar.
  • Evaluate evidence in marriage nullity cases and other Tribunal processes.
  • Attend programs/meetings/workshops/training, as directed.
  • Complete other duties as needed and/or assigned by the Judicial Vicar.
  • May be assigned to provide information and education about Tribunal processes and other canonical matters to the clergy of the Diocese of Lafayette. 
  • May be asked to provide canonical consultation to Diocesan Bishop, Vicar General, clergy, etc. 
  • May be assigned to train Auditors, Assessors, and Advocates. 
  • Properly maintain confidential records and information.
  • Carefully and accurately input computer data in tribunal management system. 
  • Answer general questions about Tribunal processes.
  • May be assigned to provide information and education about Tribunal processes and other canonical matters to the lay faithful of the Diocese of Lafayette. 
  • May be assigned to certify Procurator/Advocates to work with parishes to present cases to the Tribunal.
  • May be assigned to support, coordinate, and supervise the work of Procurator/Advocates and to provide for their continuing education. 
  • May be assigned to develop and revise a Tribunal procedural handbook, Guidelines for Procurators, booklets, brochures, and other procedural and educational written material. 
  • May be assigned to coordinate the system for distribution of cases among the Auditors, Judges, and Assessors.
  • May be assigned to advise and assist in the creation or revision of procedures, documents, and forms. 
  • Assist Judicial Vicar, as needed and/or assigned by the Judicial Vicar.


  • Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality.
  •  Must be a Catholic in good standing.
  •  Must possess knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Church and its faith tradition.
  •  Must carefully follow proper canonical procedures in marriage nullity cases and other Tribunal processes. 
  • Must possess a J.C.L. or J.C.D. degree.
  •  Must possess knowledge of procedural laws pertaining to marriage nullity cases and other Tribunal processes, as well as canonical jurisprudence for marriage nullity cases.
  •  Previous experience in tribunal work preferred. 
  • Must pursue professional development and continuing education. 
  • Ability to quickly and objectively analyze situations to determine a proper course of action; and to act effectively in emergency and stressful situations.
  •  Ability to clearly and effectively communicate and interact with the many different persons who are in contact with the office, including but not limited to clergy, religious, vulnerable individuals, etc.
  •  Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated, organized, prompt in performing tasks, and capable of working independently. 
  • Ability to work as a team with staff and officers in the Tribunal. 
  • Ability to deal sensitively, courteously and responsively (via telephone, electronic communications, or in person) when responding to inquiries and in making referrals. 
  • Must maintain up-to-date personal Safe Environment certification.
  •  Knowledge of and experience in current office-related computer system/program(s), including but not limited to WORD, EXCEL, OUTLOOK, and MAIL MERGE.
  •  Ability to learn specific programs for the Tribunal, especially case management system. 
  • Must possess proficient typing and proofreading skills as well as ability to compose and write in proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
  •  Must give attention to detail. 
  • Ability to read, write, and speak in Spanish or Vietnamese a plus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, use hands in repetitive motion tasks, handle objects, talk and hear
  •  Employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms
  •  Must be able to push, pull, lift, and carry items up to 20 pounds.
  •  Work is performed in an office setting with periods of high stress.
  •  Specific vision abilities require close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus
  •  May be called upon to perform work at times other than noted above, as directed by the Judicial Vicar.

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Location: Lafayette, LA
Date Posted: October 01, 2021
Application Deadline: November 01, 2021