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Ondo judiciary establishes Family Court

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Ondo judiciary establishes Family Court

To ensure that cases relating to family dispute, child rights and violence against women are quickly disposed of, the Ondo State judiciary has introduced Family Court. Already, the state judiciary has the Customary Court of Appeal, Rent Tribunal and expanded its Magistrate’s Courts in order to decongest the High Courts.

The state Chief Judge CJ), Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu, who announced the introduction of the Family Court during her inauguration as the 11th CJ, said the newly introduced court would have specialised jurisdiction in child rights and family matters, with full complement of registry. Akeredolu said the Family Court was now fully operational in the state. She said: “Counsel and litigants are at liberty to file processes at the said registry as the case may be.

For the sake of the uninformed, the court is set up pursuant to Part XIII (Section 149- 162) of Ondo State Child Rights Law of 2007 for the purpose of hearing and determining matters relating to children.” According to her, the court operates at two levels – as a division of High Court at the High Court level and as a Magistrate’s Court at Magistrate level. The CJ said the establishment of the Family Court would accelerate prosecution of perpetrators of violence against children and women in the state. According to her, the court has the powers to deal with matters relating to the enforcement of the rights of the child as set aside by the law and also to deal with offenses punishable with death.

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