Measures that may be taken against an officiant

Measures that may be taken against an officiant

Measures may be taken against an officiant who fails to observe the rules governing the solemnization of marriages and civil unions. The officiant's designation or authorization, as the case may be, may be revoked or suspended.

The measures apply to any officiant designated or authorized by the Minister.

Suspension of the officiant's designation or authorization

If the Registrar of civil status is able to draw up the act of marriage or civil union despite the breach of the rules, the designation or authorization of the officiant who failed to observe the rules will be suspended.

The suspension lasts for 6 months. Before it is lifted, the officiant must undertake in writing not to repeat the alleged breach of the rules.

The designation or authorization will, however, be revoked if the officiant

  • does not, before the suspension is listed, undertake in writing not to repeat the alleged breach of the rules;
  • again derogates from the rules governing the solemnization of marriages and civil unions.

Revocation of an officiant's designation or authorization

The officiant's designation or authorization will be revoked if the registrar of civil status is unable to draw up the act of marriage or civil union following the breach of the rules.

However, the officiant may submit a new application if

  • the officiant undertakes, in writing not to breach the rules governing the solemnization of marriages and civil unions; and
  • more than 2 years have elapsed with the officiant's designation or authorization was revoked.

If the officiant again derogates from the rules, the designation or authorization is revoked and the officiant may not submit a new application.

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