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Canon Law Webinar: The Penal Process (Judicial and Extra-judicial)

March 18, 2020

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

Rev. Valère Nkouaya Mbandji, SJ

A recording of this webinar is now available here.

Following the decree of closure of the preliminary investigation, the Ordinary must decide if a trial can be committed to inflict or declare a sentence in accordance with Canon 1718, §1, 1 °. If he decides to open the penal trial, he will have to choose between a judicial process and an extrajudicial decree (Canon 1718, §1, 3 °). Starting from a tangible example invented for the needs of the cause, this webinar will highlight the different steps to be followed in a criminal trial, both extrajudicial (Canon 1720) and judicial (Canon 1721).


Prof. Nkouaya Mbandji



Valère Nkouaya Mbandji is a Jesuit priest. He is assistant professor of Canon Law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. His field of research focuses on the protection of minors and vulnerable persons in canon law. He is particularly interested in the interaction between canon penal law and the various "secular" criminal laws. He is the author of La prescription canonique des délits sexuels sur des personnes mineures (Paris: Éditions Artège Lethielleux, 2018).


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