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CODE PLC5600

 
TITLE Selected Issues: Procedural

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

 
DESCRIPTION By far, Tribunal activity is taken up by processes for the declaration of marriage nullity. It is therefore imperative that students following this Masters course are provided with a good foundation of the Church’s pastoral solicitude for those persons who have to face a failed, and possibly null, marriage. This study-unit therefore concentrates on different particular issues related with the process for a declaration of nullity: the interested parties, the respective roles and responsibilities of the Tribunal’s officials and assisting Lawyers, as well as the various means provided by canon law to assist the Tribunal to find the truth and do justice to all concerned. Furthermore this study unit provides for a deeper understanding of selected issues which have proved to be of particular importance in the procedural sphere.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit presents a number of special issues of particular and sometimes problematic interest with relation to the matrimonial process, both in the First Grade as well as in the Appellate stage.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

-- possess a deeper understanding of the Church’s pastoral solicitude for couples faced with a failed marriage;

-- better understand the true nature and dynamics of the matrimonial contentious process;

-- appreciate the respective roles and responsibilities of the various persons involved in Tribunal procedures.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

-- develop an ethical attitude;

-- offer judicial assistance to parties in a marriage case;

-- gather, assess and interpret evidence.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

-- The 1983 Code of Canon Law
Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Dignitas Connubii. Instruction to be observed by Diocesan and Interdiocesan Tribunals in Handling Causes of the Nullity of Marriage, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 25 January 2005
Malta Marriage Act

-- Various Commentaries to the Code of Canon Law

-- CARLO GULLO – ALESSIA GULLO, Prassi Processuale nelle cause canoniche di nullità del matrimonio, Studi Giuridici, vol. LXX, Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2005

-- AA.VV., Il Giudizio di nullità matrimoniale dopo l’istruzione “Dignitas Connubii”, (a cura di P.A.Bonnet e Carlo Gullo), Parte Prima: I principi, Studi Giuridici vol. LXXV, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2007

-- AA.VV., Il Giudizio di nullità matrimoniale dopo l’istruzione “Dignitas Connubii”, (a cura di P.A.Bonnet e Carlo Gullo), Parte Seconda: la parte statica del processo, Studi Giuridici vol. LXXVI, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2007.

-- AA.VV., Il Giudizio di nullità matrimoniale dopo l’istruzione “Dignitas Connubii”, (a cura di P.A.Bonnet e Carlo Gullo), Parte Terza: La parte dinamica del processo, Studi Giuridici vol. LXXVII, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2008

--Lawrence G. Price - Daniel A. Smilanic -- Victoria Vondenberger, RSM, (eds), The Tribunal Handbook, Procedures for Formal Matrimonial cases, CLSA, 2005

--AA.VV., Advocacy Vademecum, Patricia M. Dugan (ed), Gratianus Series, Wilson & Lafleur, 2006

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Qualifications
First Degree in Theol., Law, Psych., or Social Work

Pre-Requisite Study-units
Matrimonial Law; Consent, Jurisprudence, Procedures

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Joseph Bajada
Brendan Gatt

 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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