Updated: 07/05/2014 02:07

Government accepts recommendations on the new framework of the family justice system



Government accepts recommendations on the new framework of the family justice system

Families are set to get better support, now that the government has accepted the recommendations on the new framework of the family justice system. 

The recommendations were made by the Committee for Family Justice, which was set up last year to look into handling family disputes. 

Co-Chairman of the Committee, Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah, explains the recommendations' objectives. 

"The first is saving marriages and family. The second thrust is if there is a family problem and marriage break down and court proceeding is unavoidable. This will try to make that whole process as little pain as possible."

The recommendations were made after seeking feedback from the public and stakeholders. 

These include the creation of a Family Justice Court that will resolve family disputes more effectively. 

The government will also introduce a new Family Justice Act to establish the Family Justice Court. 

Other recommendations include helping families resolve their disputes through an integrated network of assistance. 

This will come in the form of using frontline officers at hospitals and schools as community touch points. 

Specialist agencies will also be set up to provide information and non-legal advice to families who face problems arising out of divorce or family violence. 

The implementation of the framework will be spearheaded jointly by the Law Ministry, the Judiciary and the Social and Family Development Ministry.

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