In an attempt to prevent family disputes, a sensitization programme was held for judges of Family Courts by a committee consisting of judges of Supreme Court of India (SCI). The two day programme was started on Saturday. The District Judges and the Senior Sub-Judges of the State participated in the programme.
Three judges of the Apex Court visited the State Capital to sensitise the judges of family courts- Justice Indira Banerjee, Justice, NV Ramanna and Justice R Banumathi.
Speaking in her inaugural address Banerjee said that unresolved conflicts may irreparably damage a marriage and even the entire family. She wished that the Family Courts should deal with the family matters with much more sensitivity, giving appropriate priority to resolving the disputes in a humane manner.
While emphasising on family values Banerjee said, “Family harmony provides a sense of belonging and a feeling of security unlike many other types of relationships. Whether the disharmony emanates from within the family unit or from external sources, individual family member and the family as a whole can experience a range of negative emotions and consequences.”
Banerjee said that it is imperative to be innovative in approach while dealing with sensitive matters of family and incidental matters like child custody.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion Ramanna said that sensitisation of all the stakeholders on Family Court matters is the needs of the hour and that holding of such training programmes will help in creating an environment where family disputes may be dealt with full sensitivity.
He advised the participants to take message from the life experiences and try to resolve the family disputes coming to the Courts on negotiated settlement, and in this process to inspire the parties to choose alternative modes of dispute resolution instead of involving themselves in procedural dispute in the trial proceeding.
Ramanna also suggested that to prevent domestic violence which hamper healthy environment of family coherence and results in dispute a comprehensive Domestic Law should be formulated and enacted as in present scenario cases of domestic violence is increasing. It is needs to be prevented to strengthen our family values, he added.
Other dignitaries were present including Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Jsutivce DN Patel, Acting
Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court, Justice HC Mishra, Judge High Court of Jharkhand, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh and Judge High Court of Jharkhand, Justice S Chandrashekhar.