All canonical inquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Office of Canonical Affairs,
Mr. Mark Raper, JCL, MCL, at 208-344-1344.
The Office of Canonical Affairs cannot receive e-mail regarding
canonical matters due to issues of confidentiality.
Petitions for decrees of nullity may be obtained from recognized Diocesan Tribunal advocates. These persons include all priests and deacons in the diocese, as well as more than fifty lay persons specially trained in this work. All advocates are parish based, and persons should contact their local parish for more information and the necessary paperwork in order to present a petition.
A variety of processes are available to deal with these petitions. Cases presented to the Diocesan Tribunal take from approximately one year to as little as six weeks, depending on the particular case process that may be used and the complexity of the facts.
For your convenience, Tribunal Petitions are available for downloading on this website. Petitions cannot be accepted via email. No electronic submissions can be accepted. Please print and mail. Before submitting your petition, you must still meet with your parish based advocate.
Click here to print or save a pdf of the "Getting Started" information above.
V. Rev. Henry Carmona, JV, JCL
Mr. Mark L. Raper, JCL, MCL
Ms. Colleen Cunningham
Phone: (208) 344-1344 Fax: (208) 344-1772
Office of Canonical Affairs
Who is the Office of Canonical Affairs?
Understanding of Marriage
Divorced Catholics and the Sacraments
Defect of Consent
Informal or Documentary Cases & Privilege Cases
Non-Catholics & Annulments
Short vs. Long Marriages
Children & Annulments
How Long Does It Take?
Tribunal Practices & Policies for Formal Cases
Dispensation & Permission Forms