2 Nov 2005

Fiji Family Court established

11:12 am on 2 November 2005

Fiji has set up a Family Court amid wide acclaim in the country.

The court will deal specifically with family disputes including divorce and also provide counselling services as well as encouraging reconciliation and consensus between family members.

The Family Law Act , under which the court has been set up, provides for an independent counsel for the separate representation of children and family members before the court.

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement says the court is the result of 13 years of lobbying for the new legislation.

The Movement's executive director, Virisila Buadromo, says the Family Court would allow women and children, especially the poor and the marginalised, better access to justice.

She says it is a mechanism that was long overdue.