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New Family Justice Courts proposed to oversee cases

Revamp aims to make divorce less acrimonious and protect children

Published on May 8, 2014 8:15 AM

A new one-stop Family Justice Courts system may soon be set up to make divorce cases less acrimonious and better protect children, going by the recommendation of a high-level group looking to revamp family justice here.

It will oversee all types of family cases and make the civil divorce process simpler and less adversarial, said recommendations released for public consultation yesterday.

The group also hopes to equip people in places such as schools, hospitals and family service centres with the skills to pick up and refer cases of families in distress, to ensure that they receive help before ending up in court.

"Family disputes often have a high emotional cost, and a painful and lasting impact on spouses and children," said Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, who chairs the committee with Judge of Appeal V. K. Rajah.

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