Jammu and Kashmir: Chief Justice Gita Mittal inaugurates first ever Family Court in Srinagar

In a first in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Justice of J&K High Court Gita Mittal inaugurated a Family Court at District Court Complex in Srinagar.

Addressing the inaugural function yesterday, Justice Mittal observed that the main objective of establishing the family court in J&K is ensuring speedy justice and inexpensive relief in family matters with least formalities. She also gave the background of 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.

Justice Mittal affirmed that it was a long journey for J&K to establish a family court, but expressed her confidence that the family court will be successful in achieving the desired goals in this region. 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.

Justice Mittal said that so far 1,100 cases have been recognized and transferred to Srinagar Family Court and such figures may increase as the process of identification of the cases is underway. She also emphasized upon the 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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