Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree Concerning the Appointment of Lay Judges in Ecclesiastical Tribunals, January 1998.


In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 1421, §2, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that where necessity suggests, lay persons who have the necessary qualifications as outlines in c. 1421, §3, may be appointed judges to constitute a collegiate Tribunal with two clerical judges.




Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1789.