Date today: 11.12.2018  |  Name days: 

Ecclesiastical court

RIGA METROPOLITAN TRIBUNAL
Address: Klostera iela 4, Riga, LV-1050
Phone/fax: +371 67507008
E-mail: RMetropolijas.tiesa@inbox.lv
Office hours: Wednesday 16:00-20:00, Saturday 10:00-14:00


INTER-DIOCESAN TRIBUNAL
Legal address: Cirīšu iela 8, Aglonas pag., Aglonas nov., LV-5304 (contact only through e-mail: tribunal@inbox.lv)
Judicial Vicars on matrimonial cases: Fr. Mihails Sivickis, mobile phone: + 371 29816406, + 371 28677608, e-mail: michaell@inbox.lv.
Judge on matrimonial cases: Fr. Mārtiņš Klušs, mobile phone: +371 26388774, e-mail: katolis.balvi@inbox.lv.


What is a Tribunal?
Tribunal is an official ecclesiastical court of the Catholic church. It is established by the bishop to assist him in carrying out his responsibilities as the shepherd of the local Catholic community which has been entrusted to him. The Tribunal has jurisdiction in spiritual and religious matters and it is governed by the Code of Canon Law. The major function of the Tribunal is to investigate the validity or invalidity of marriages. In Latvia are two Tribunals - Riga Metropolitan Tribunal for the archdiocese of Riga and Inter-Diocesan Tribunal that has jurisdiction over 3 dioceses - Liepaja, Jelgava and Rezekne-Aglona.

To which of both Tribunals should a person make a petition to obtain an annulment (nullity) of marriage?
According to the Code of Canon Law, the person make a petition to the tribunal that has jurisdiction over the territory of the diocese:

  • where the marriage was celebrated;
  • where the respondent has a domicile or quasi-domicile;
  • where the plaintiff has a domicile, provided that both parties live within the territory of the same Episcopal Conference, and that the judicial Vicar of the domicile of the respondent, after consultation with the respondent, gives consent;
  • in which in fact most of the evidence is to be collected, provided that consent is given by the judicial Vicar of the domicile of the respondent, who must first ask the respondent whether he or she has any objection to raise.

How much does the court hearing cost?
Fee for first instance hearing is 150 EUR, for second instance hearing 75 EUR.