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Family Court Built But Still Not Operational

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It appears as though government is running out of patience with the establishment of the family court which has not yet come to pass. In 2009 Cabinet granted approval for the court to be established which was expected to be operational by now. Construction work was completed late last year. It is now left to the rules committee to complete its review of the court.

Human Services and Social Security minister Priya Manickchand told Capitol News in telephone interview that she cannot understand why the committee seems to be taking so long to adopt the rules of the court. She pointed that the rules first need to be adopted before it can be functional.

Meanwhile the minister’s concern was also highlighted during Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon’s weekly press briefing.

Minister Manickchand said the family court will seek to provide an environment where adults and children can seek justice through the family laws of the land in a specialized manner.

The Family Court is located in the compound of the Supreme Court. The new two storey building will handle issues such as divorce, division of property, domestic matters, adoption, guardianship and custody. It is believed that the court will also lend support to ease with the large number of back log cases.

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