Marriage Tribunal Administrator

The Diocese of Hamilton, the second largest English speaking Catholic diocese in Canada, is seeking a canon lawyer to work as Marriage Tribunal Administrator. This is a full-time position.


  • Reporting to the Judicial Vicar, the successful candidate will have the following responsibilities in the marriage tribunal:
  • Function as ecclesiastical judge in marriage nullity cases;
  • Function as defender of the bond;
  • Function as assessor in processus brevior marriage nullity cases; 
  • Function as case instructor for curial, administrative cases, i.e., ligamen, Pauline privilege, privilege of the faith, and ratum sed non consummatum cases;
  • Draft procedural decrees for marriage nullity cases;
  • Draft notification letters to parties and parishes;
  • Report tribunal activity to regional marriage tribunal;
  • Receive donations; and
  • Give occasional canonical support to Chancery staff and parishes.


  • Possess the academic degree of licence in canon law (JCL) from a Catholic university.
  • Meet canonical requirements of the Catholic Church for appointment to the ecclesiastical offices of judge and defender of the bond (cf. cann. 149, 1421, & 1435, CIC/83).
  • Ability to treat parties compassionately in a strongly service-oriented ministry of the Catholic Church—in the spirit of Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus.
  • Ability to follow the procedural laws of the Catholic Church (Book VII, CIC/83).
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to manage projects and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability at issue-spotting, i.e., ability to match facts of cases to legal rules.

To apply:

Please forward your resume to
Please include “Marriage Tribunal Administrator – Diocese of Hamilton” in the subject line.
We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.