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Metropolitan Tribunal

About Us

The Metropolitan Tribunal is the Ecclesiastical Court of the Archdiocese of New York and is charged with the administration of justice, as a court of first instance and as an appellate court, for matters of the public good brought before the Church. Although most cases brought before the Tribunal involve questions of marital nullity, the court also acts as the competent forum for other issues, including penal matters. 

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Tribunal Forms

Please mail the completed application to the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New York, 1011 First Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Once it is received you will be contacted by a Tribunal staff member informing you about the next step.

There is $100 application fee to be paid when an application for a Declaration of Nullity is     submitted.  (Effective November 20, 2016)


Petition for Declaration of Invalidity due to Lack of Form:

Please Note:  The Petition for a Declaration of Invalidity due to Lack of Form must be filled out with your parish priest, who will then mail it to the Metropolitan Tribunal.

There is $75 application fee to be paid when a Declaration of Invalidity due to Lack of Form is submitted.  (Effective November 20, 2016)


Tribunal Staff

Judicial Vicar
Very Rev. Richard L. Welch, C.Ss.R, J.C.D.

Associate Judicial Vicar
Rev. Anthony O. Omenihu, J.C.D.

Promoter of Justice
Rev. Robert Hospodar, J.C.L.

Tribunal Judges
Very Rev. Richard L. Welch, C.Ss.R, J.C.D.
Rev. Nicholas E. Callaghan, J.C.L. (J.C.D. cand. Rome)
Deacon John W. Lyttle Jr., J.D., LL.M., J.C.L.
Rev. Michael T. Martine, J.C.L.
Rev. Anthony O. Omenihu, J.C.D.
Silvana Usandivaras, LL.M., J.C.L.
Rev. Msgr. Kenneth Smith, S.T.B.

Defenders of the Bond
Rev. Msgr. Oscar A. Aquino, J.C.D.
Rev. Jayaraj Putti, J.C.L.

Auditors
Rev. Jayaraj Putti, J.C.L.
Rev. Robert M. Pagliari, C.Ss.R, Ph.D., M.R.E., M.Div., M.A.
Ingrid Peña

Moderator of the Tribunal
Jane Ann Sargia

Advocates
Maria Belardo
Lydia Martinez
Ingrid Peña

Notaries
Gabriela Arechiga, M.A.
Kimberly Baez
Janet Estrada – Assistant to Judicial Vicar
Maria Luisa Rivera – Assistant to Judicial Vicar for Special Cases
Zachary Quiza

Tribunal Finance Office Administrator
Catherine Campisi

Receptionist/Archivist
Carmen Rodriguez

Student
Rev. Brian Taylor,  J.C.L. (J.C.D. candidate Rome)

Questions?
Phone:  646-794-3200
Email:   tribunal@archny.org

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