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The Roman Rota is principally the ordinary court of appeal for the Latin Church in civil and criminal cases decided by lower courts of first or second instance. As court of first instance, it has jurisdiction over cases reserved to it by CIC/1983 c. 1405, §3 or assigned to it from time to time by the pope. Its legal basis is provided by CIC/1983 cc. 1443f.; CCEO c. 1065, together with the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus and norms of Apr 18, 1994.

The Rota is a collegially constituted court headed by its dean, who is responsible for assigning the cases broug…

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May, Georg, “Rota”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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