The bishop will then establish a Diocesan Board of Enquiry which will study the life and virtues of the Servant of God. The bishop directly or through his delegate (Episcopal Delegate) must make an objective and official enquiry regarding the Servant of God. There will be Promoter of Justice and Notaries in the Board. The Promoter of Justice makes a questionnaire on the life of the Servant of God. The bishop or the delegate examines the witnesses whose names are submitted by the Postulator. The witness should give testimony orally or by written document. They should also reveal the source of this information. The enquiry is to be done objectively, impartially, carefully, and secretly. If there are those who give a negative opinion on the Servant of God, their names also should be included in the witnesses list. The Promoter of Justice examines whether more witnesses are needed for the enquiry and in that case, he can ask the Postulator for the same.
Further, a Theological commission is appointed by the bishop. They examine the teachings of the Servant of God so as to make sure that there is nothing against faith and morals in his published writings. A Historical commission is appointed by the bishop to study about the historical documents on the Servant of God. In the course of enquiry, the bishop or his Delegate should visit the tomb of the Servant of God and certify that there is no undue cult in the place where he/she is buried. Before the conclusion of the enquiry, there is also canonical identification of the mortal remains of the Servant of God; this is done with a special permission from the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. The bishop has to inform also the Congregation whether it is being transferred to a new tomb. If needed, the bishop should alsom get the permission of civil authorities. At the end of enquiry, when all the testimony on the life and virtues of the Servant of God are collected, the bishop (or delegate) can publish them by a decree. The Promoter of Justice and Postulator can examine them and ask for further enquiries, if needed. The documents in the local languages are translated into an official language approved by the Congregation for the Cause of Saints (Latin, English, Italian, French, Spanish). When all the required documents asked by law are collected, a Transcript is made from the Original, is known as Arch type. The documents of the Historical Commission and the reports of the Theological Commission will be included in the Arch type. There is to be a meticulous verification of both the Arch type and the Transcript. A third copy, known as the Public Copy, also is made fom the Arch type is kept in the diocesan archives. The Transcript and the Public copy are sent to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. This can be sent through the diplomatic pouch of the Nunciature in each country. The conclusion of the diocesan enquiry is done in a solemn function. Bishop, his delegate, Promoter of Justice, Notary, Postulator and Vice Postulator – all take an oath stating that they have faithfully fulfilled their office. The bishop seals all the documents safely. He also sends a report to the Congregation on the validity of the process and the credibility of the