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CASES (FORMS and DOCUMENTS) are submitted to the tribunal by parish advocates only.


Questions regarding the "briefer process" should be directed to the Judicial Vicar, Fr. Mark Richards, (916) 733-0225 or




(Updated 5/12/2017)

The parish preparing couples for marriage outside the Diocese of Sacramento, must gather specific and required documents. Use this cover form when submitting the packet to the Tribunal:

Marriage Testimonial Cover Page - WORD  PDF


For marriages occurring outside the Diocese of Sacramento but within the United States, submit the required paperwork to the Tribunal at least four (4) weeks prior to the wedding.


For marriages occurring outside the United States, submit the required paperwork to the Tribunal at least eight (8) weeks prior to the wedding.


Incomplete packets will be returned to the parish submitting them. The Tribunal is not responsible for any delays in sending packets to dioceses when materials are incomplete or missing.


Questions about marriage testimonials? Contact Yesenia Gutierrez at (916) 733-0225 or

Form A: Pre-Marriage Testimony for Bride/Groom

(Updated 8/21/2017)


Form A - English - WORD  PDF

Form A - Spanish - WORD  PDF


Form B: Pre-Nuptial Witness Testimony

(Updated 8/21/2017)


Instructions regarding Form B

Form B - English - WORD  PDF

Form B - Spanish - WORD  PDF


Matrimonial Dispensations and Permissions


Dispensation Form - WORD  PDF


Form C: Formal Case (updated 1/29/2017)
(also used for Defect of Form)


Form C - English - WORD  PDF

Form C - Spanish - WORD  PDF


Respondent's Witness List Form


Respondent Witness List Form - English - WORD  PDF

Respondent Witness List Form - Spanish - WORD  PDF


Lack of Form (updated 1/30/2017)


Lack of Form - English - WORD  PDF

Lack of Form - Spanish - WORD  PDF


Ligamen Form (updated 1/30/2017)


Ligamen Form - WORD  PDF


Pauline Privilege Form (updated 1/20/2016)



Conditions for the Application of the Pauline Privilege

Pauline Privilege Form - WORD  PDF


Witness Affidavit regarding Baptismal Status (updated 6/27/2017)


Witness Affidavit - Baptismal Status - PDF


Parish Advocate Check List 2017

Advocates: Use this CHECKLIST to be sure you have submitted all the necessary documents for the case you are presenting to the Tribunal.

Word format (.docx)

PDF format (.pdf)

Parish Advocate Brief: Notes Concerning the Petitioner (new as of 3/14/2016)

Advocates: Please submit this page when you submit the paperwork and documents for a formal case.

English - Word format (.docx)

English - PDF format (.pdf)

Spanish - Word format (.docx)

Spanish - PDF format (.pdf)

Affidavit of Diligent Search (new as of 4/8/2016)

Advocates: When the Respondent cannot be located, the Petitioner must complete this form detailing efforts to locate the Respondent.

Word format (.docx)

PDF format (.pdf)

If you need assistance addressing missing information in your parish's sacramental registers (what to do if a sacrament was not recorded), please contact Cheryl Tholcke at the Tribunal (916-733-0231 or for appropriate protocols and forms to use.