Office of Canonical Services

Mission Statement

To administer justice to the people of God in the local Church.

General Description

The Office of Canonical Services seeks to administer justice primarily by means of deciding cases of marriage nullity and by offering insight and advice concerning other issues which depend upon canon law.

Marriage Nullity

  • Formal annulment petitions, lack of form petitions, permission for mixed marriages (where one party is not Catholic) are to be initiated at one’s local parish.
  • The local parish ministers determine, as best they can, the character of the request and the manner in which the application should be pursued. The Office of Canonical Services is eager to assist in resolving any doubts or questions. which ideally should be presented by the parish minister who assisting the person or couple.
  • Fee Schedule

Marriage Support & Resources

  • For information on support groups for divorced and separated people or for marriage preparation information, kindly contact your local parish.
  • The Office of Pastoral Care also provides abundant resources, including Natural Family Planning information.

Upcoming Workshops

  • No events scheduled at this time

Sacramental Records/Baptismal Search

  • Please click here for more information regarding how to obtain a copy of a sacramental record.

Contact Information

Diocese of Orange
Office of Canonical Services
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Phone: 714-282-3080
Fax: 714-282-3087
Email: [email protected]

Judicial Vicar
Very Rev. E. Scott Borgman, JCD

Adjutant Judicial Vicars

  • Rev. Msgr. Douglas J. Cook, JCL
  • Rev. John Caronan, O.Praem, JCL
  • Rev. Paul Vu, JCD

Defenders of the Bond

  • Rev. John Caronan, O.Praem, JCL
  • Rev. Michael Nguyen, JCL


  • Rev. Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, JCD
  • Rev. Msgr. Douglas J. Cook, JCL
  • Rev. Msgr. Tuan Joseph Pham, JCL
  • Rev. Viet Peter Ho, JCD
  • Rev. Paul Vu, JCL
  • Mr. Fernando Engel, JCL


  • Susan Stankis


  • Deacon Thomas McGuine
  • Deacon Carl Swanson
  • Deacon Minh Tong
  • Deacon Hao Nguyen
  • Susan Stankis
  • Kimtrang T. Bui
  • Paula Lynn
  • Lourdes Leon

Tribunal Staff

  • Kimtrang T. Bui
  • Paula Lynn
  • Stephen Shon
  • Lourdes Leon

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.