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Kerala HC Issues Guidelines to Family Courts for Early Disposal of Cases [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 25 Mar 2021 11:54pm

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The Kerala High Court in a significant judgment on Tuesday ( March 22, 2021) issued guidelines to streamline and prescribe a uniform procedure for disposal of cases before Family Courts in the State.

The order has been passed by a Division Bench comprising of Justices A Muhamed Mustaque and CS Dias, who noted:

We  are,  inthis  batch  oforiginal  petitions, asked   to  resolve   the   difficulties   caused  to   the litigants  dueto  the  inordinatedelay  in  disposalof cases  by  theFamily  Courts  inthe  State.

These  original petitions  speakabout  the  varioushurdles  faced  by  the parties  in  resolvingtheir  matrimonial  disputes.

The Bench further observed that:
 

The supervisory jurisdiction of this Court impels us to issue directions to streamline the procedure as conceived under law to avoid failure of justice. Failure of justice in this context is to be understood to the non-adherence of rules which ensures the right of the disputants to get timely justice.These normative and procedural outlines, which are illustrative in nature, shall be scrupulously followed by the Family Courts.”

Causes for the delay:

The Court attempted to examine why proceedings before family courts were obstructed by delays.

The court observed that it was  a  routine practice  inthis  Court  tocall  for  reportsfrom  the Family   Courts  and   issue  directions  to  dispose of proceedingsin  a  timebound  manner.  Thishas  caused perceived  injusticeto  many,  asthose  who  approachthis Court  stand  inadvantageous  position  ingetting  their cases   disposedof  on  apriority  basis. 

The  delay involved  indisposal  of  casesbefore  the  FamilyCourts cannot  be  signifiedfor  a  singularreason.  The  problems faced  aremultifaceted  and  are  of  differentdimensions. Lack   of  infrastructure,  docketexplosion,  untrained officers  and  staff,inept  case … Continue Reading...


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