Yes, you are correct. They informed my spouse of the original request, she received a copy of the original denial and subsequent approval. My former spouse did not even respond to the Tribunal letting them know she would not respond. After a period of time (I forget the length) the Tribunal then presumes the respondent will not cooperate. It is a policy of my local Tribunal if a respondent does not participate, he/she is neverallowed to read the petitioner's information or those of the witnesses no matter if I allowed her to do so. That is not an option here. Whether that policy is in conflict with church or canon law, I do not know.
Please correct any information I submitted as I know many people are reading your thread.
By the way, you provided an excellent time-line to assist those thinking to initiate the process or is in process. That took some time to "think out" each process.
That is what I am not clear on except maybe Therese, you answered it. My spouse did respond with his paperwork. He checked 'confidential' and so did I and so it was explained to me we would not see each other's statements. Whether or not I can see the witnesses' statements I do not know. Perhaps they can be read without their names on the statements however it would not be hard to figure out who wrote what so that is a little confusing. I am the one requesting the annulment, by the way. I also wonder whether he will be allowed to read the witnesses' "anonymous" statements? Maybe this does vary from diocese to diocese.
I cannot speak for any Diocese/Archdiocese except my own, but there was nothing to check regarding confidentiality. As I previously noted, my former spouse did not respond and as such could not read my petition. If she had chosen to respond, she could have read in the presence of a member of the Tribunal my petition whether or not I objected. None of the parties would ever be allowed to receive a copy to take with them. As a responder though instead of the petitioner, she would not have access to witness statements. There again, I can only presume they comply with all church and canon laws.
My former spouse had no interest in participating in the process or a decision from the Tribunal. She has long left the Catholic faith.