Historical Background


One of the initiatives of Monsignor Gerard Sheehy during his Presidency was to create the Research Sub-Committee. One of its tasks was to investigate the possibility of a specialised course dealing with Jurisprudence. The idea was to follow up something on English speaking lines that had been initiated at Brescia by the Gregorian University, as a “summer schoolâ€.
Quite a lot of members of the Canon Law Society had attended the Brescia Courses; had enjoyed them and had learned from them. However, the initiative contemplated by the CLS had been something certainly academic on the Church’s jurisprudence; but also very practical.

Moreover, the practicality of the Course could be increased by having a gap between two modules of the Course; each module a month long. This would allow people to apply what had been learned (over the four weeks of the first module) to their practical work in Tribunals until they attended the second module of four weeks.

This was the scheme produced by the Research Sub-Committee. Initially it was essentially seen as an updating course for those already involved in Tribunal work. It was considered to be a course for persons already deployed as Judges, Defenders and Advocates. However, simply because of the need for training of personnel for tribunals, the admissions standard had to be expanded to the level of experienced Auditors and others.