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Family Courts ordered to start physical filing as soon as possible [READ CIRCULAR]

Family Courts ordered to start physical filing as soon as possible [READ CIRCULAR]

On 11th June 2021, Saturday, Physical filing was ordered to be resumed by the Principal Judge of Family Courts in Delhi and New Delhi after it was brought to his attention that it had not been done in many of them. In District Courts, he noted, the same has been properly resumed.

He commanded those procedures be followed in accordance with the SoP released on August 31, 2020, which included thorough directions.

The directions issued for information included: 

  1. Physical Filing of New Cases
  2. Certified Copies
  3. Inspection of the Court Records
  4. No filing of Documents/ Interlocutory applications during hearing

History of Family Court:

After a visit to China in 1953, when, late Smt Durga Bai Deshmukh had the chance to examine the workings of Family Courts, she initially underlined the necessity for Family Courts. She spoke with Hon'ble Mr. Justice M.C. Chagla of the Bombay High Court, as well as Hon'ble Mr. Justice P.B. Gajendragadkar, then the Judge of the Bombay High Court, about the issue.

The Family Courts Act was approved in 1984, and it took effect on September 14, 1984. The goal was to transfer family and marital issues out of the overcrowded, frightening, and congested setting of traditional courts of law and into a more welcoming and sympathetic atmosphere. The goal was “conciliation” rather than ‘confrontation' between the separated family members.

The Family Courts Act, 1984 could not be implemented in Delhi for a long period of 25 years due to different reasons. It was due to the zeal, enthusiasm, and hard work of the committee that the first Family Court in Delhi was set-up at Dwarka District Court Complex on 15.05.2009. 

On 10.02.2010, four more Family Courts were inaugurated at the District Courts Complex in Rohini, under the supervision of a committee comprised of Hon'ble Mr. Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Manmohan, and Hon'ble Mr. Justice A.K. Pathak, all of whom are judges of the Delhi High Court.

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