STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: In a first in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Gita Mittal on Tuesday inaugurated a Family Court at District Court Complex Srinagar.Addressing the inaugural function, Chief Justice observed that the objective of establishing family court in J&K is to ensure speedy justice and inexpensive relief in family matters with least formalities.She highlighted background about the history of establishing family courts across India and the enactment of Family Courts Act 1984 and its subsequent enactment in J&K after the promulgation of J&K Reorganization Act 2019. “It was a long journey for J&K to establish a family court, but I am confident that we were capable of making the family court a success in this region,” she reaffirmed.Chief Justice Mittal added that it is not only to ensure speedy and inexpensive justice but the parties involved in the matter would be having privacy in personal areas of dispute and difficulties relating to the family matters. She also thanked Chairman Family Court Committee, High Court of J&K, Justice Tashi Rabstan for expeditious journey of setting up the family court in remarkable speed.She also suggested that with the Court set up for such family matters, it is imperative for presiding officers to be committed to protect the institution of marriage and to promote settlement of dispute through reconciliation and counseling.“With the establishment of family courts, J&K made an effort to develop a sensitive system and processing of family matters expeditiously, at the first place. We recognize that the proceeding before family court is conciliatory and not adversary as ours is a land of diversified culture, local customs and various conventions,” she maintained.She said that so far 1100 cases have been recognized and transferred to Srinagar family court and such figures may increase as the process of identification of cases is underway.She emphasized for urgency to establish family courts in every district saying as soon as resources and manpower is available the process would be started so as to ensure expeditious justice in family court matters.
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