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Official Principal

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In Anglican ecclesiastical law, the person to whom a bishop formerly entrusted the exercise of his coercive jurisdiction. Since 1963 the office has been combined with that of chancellor in a single judge.

According to RC canon law, every diocesan bishop has to appoint (in addition to his Vicar General) an officialis or judicial vicar, who constitutes a single tribunal with the bishop, but cannot judge cases which the bishop reserves to himself.

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