Chennai Family Courts: Strictly Follow Section 13 Of Family Courts Act

The Principal Judge of Chennai-Family Court has sent out this circular to strictly follow sec 13 of the Family Courts Act. This means lawyers are kept at abeyance and cannot walk in and represent clients. This is the result of the Memorandum submitted to Chief Justice, Madras on 19.11.2008 by SIF activists

Here is the pdf of the memorandum:

Chief Justice-Memorandum-19thNov2008

Here is the jpg of the order issued by the judge:

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25 Responses to “Chennai Family Courts: Strictly Follow Section 13 Of Family Courts Act”


  1. 1 SFF May 14, 2009 at 3:51 am

    A positive step to resolve the marrage dispute. It is the laywers who twist the fact and situaion to make the war not only eagly, they convert the same as extrotion business and kill the natural justice system.

    • 2 V.R.SHROFF November 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Advocates must try to clear the misunderstanding between the two, and save the family.

      God given opportunity to serve the sick (mentally) patients (Clients) should not be killed for earning money. They should be cured, showing the root cause of matrimonial disputes. Save and serve the Society. “Jana Seva, Prabhu Seva” & people confide in u and open their life,
      Adv is a Dr. , & Court is a Hospital. The H-W are mentally sick patents.
      Find out what is wrong, and remove those root causes, to cure them.
      Do not instigate to file 498a, DV Act, sec 13, sec 125, that damages the relationship beyond repairs.

      Adv. Shroff

      • 3 RAJ September 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm

        Dear Sir,

        I am sorry to say that your comparison of a Court to a Hospital is very wrong and has no reasoning or justification behind it. Calling affected and hurt parties who come to the court as a last resort as “mentally sick” is in a bad taste and highly insensitive in nature and its even more shocking to hear this from an advocate like you !!!

  2. 4 R.kannan May 14, 2009 at 11:19 am

    This is good for SIF Chennai

  3. 5 Rajaram May 22, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I am Petitioner in the chennai family court. I would like to post my views here and hopefully it should reach the ears of The Principal Judge of Chennai-Family Court. On any day the court is occupied with petitioners & respondents and their family / friends not less than 100.

    The court does not have any proper system, furniture and facilities. Imagine the hall of 800Sq.ft with 100 people and atleast 30 lawyers and again another 100Sq.ft taken away by the judge.

    Above all I don’t see any of the petitioners or respondents speak to the Judge. Hardly judge also never asks more than one question per hearing. He is always busy posting the case for another date. doing a good clerical Job!!!

    This keeps adding up the cases and the population inside the same hall as years go by. I estimate atleast 200 people will be there in the same hall by next year.

    This is the high time for The Principal Judge of Chennai-Family Court to bring in a system to clear the cases fastly and effectively. My suggestion is to make the court hall as a counseling room kind of interior. ( not the present counseling place like at chennai court – That is a real hell & the counselor there will show his certificate from Dr.ABJ & will kill your Life). Exact time of the case to allotted to the petitioner & respondent. Judge to spend 10 – 15 minutes per case, study both the parties, allow & listen the arguments and can close the case effectively & efficiently.

    This system will also allows the petitioners & respondents to talk freely without any disturbances. Dealing a family case with the crowd 100+ unknown people & with closed door environment is always effective. There are chance that the Honorable judge can reunite lot of couples.

    Whenever my case comes for hearing I will go to the court at 10.00AM, and has to watch all the proceedings till my number/ name is called. for the Last 2 years my case has been heard only 6 times and I was not allowed to speak. for the first two time my respondent asked more time for responding the petition and after that I was asked to give an affidavit and for cross verification, my respondent had been given 3 chances and I don’t see there is a end for my case. Now I started to feel to take back the case and live peacefully. The agony and mental torture is more in the court hall then with my respondent.

    • 6 AHMED November 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

      MY SUGGESTION IS THAT…..ONCE A PETITIONER FILES FOR A RESTITUTION OF CONJUGAL RIGHTS OR DIVORCE,THE COUPLE SHOULD FIRST BE SENT FOR CONSECUTIVE 3 OR 4 COUNSELLINGS WITHIN A GAP OF ONE MONTH.THE COUNSEELING STAFF SHOULD BE EDUCATED ENOUGH TO SORT OUT THE REAL PROBLEM.THEY CAN ADVICE THE COUPLE ANDBE AS MEDIATORS TO UNITE THEM.
      BUT PRESENT SITUATION….THE HONRABLE JUDGE IS SIMPLY POSPONDING HEARINGS. AS MONTHS AND YEARS ROLL, EVEN THE LITTLE LOVE STICKING BETWEEN THE COUPLES(IF THERE IS)DISSAPPEARS AND THEY GET FED UP AND FINALLY THEY APART FOR SMALL REASONS.
      LAWYERS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED UNTIL THE CASE HAS REACHED SUFFICIENT MONTHS.
      IF THIS A BETTER SITUATION…..OUR HONOURABLE JUDGE COULD PLS IMPLEMENT FOR THE PEACE OF THEIR PEOPLE STANDING IN COURTS FOR FAMIY MATTERS.

      • 7 bsa October 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

        i really agree with you regarding this matter your suggestion will solve half the problem but if the problem is solved what is the way for the staffs in that courts Indian is system is always it should not happen if it is happen we will pour the water in a glass if water comes up we will pour oil when oil come out we will pour water and staff will project the matter and judges will say life is nothing but balancing act is this pattern makes you real sense

    • 8 Partha April 25, 2011 at 4:08 am

      Well said!It’s high time our Family court system is tuned up for an effective functioning..else it will become mere mockery…if judicial members are sincere in their approach,they can bring this change very easily and implement them ASAP.

      This is the last place married couple comes for their life solution and this process should happen as smoothly & pleasantly as possible

    • 9 ajmal pasha December 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

      i request to you”” withdraw you’re case from court” and talk together between two families and decide both of”””’
      all the best

  4. 10 uma October 29, 2009 at 10:22 am

    i am facing the same problem. the respondent is not in a position to come to the court and he is hiding himself which his family knows. but the judge is telling us to bring him to the court and i need the case need to be closed as early as possible. kindly advice me what need to be done

  5. 11 Balu February 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I would suggest let all the petitioners to complaint with the Chief Justice. The respondents (mostly the men) never turn up for hearings or counselings. They are very easily dragging with a single reason the ILLNESS. I have come across a case where the respondent yet to attend a counseling since last 14 months. Our Judges need to be transferred to Kerala State and get tamed. I think the present judge speaks to the petitioner. Thank god, a beginning we have after years.

  6. 12 K. TAMILARASAN August 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

    to maing in corte chennai famly corte sat , sun , as working as good making to all case in to making varre csae faless in corte to me as gatmalt , sat , sun .

    k.tamilarasan. csir

  7. 13 Sathya narayanan September 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Somebody help me with this! I’m affected! And I’m not much educated i don’t know from where to file my requirement! My email is sathya_lu@yahoo.com plz

  8. 14 tara pulekar March 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I was a complainant in the family court .My lawyer didnt allow my chief .Every time he demoralised me so that the case should linger .I heard both the lawyers had done setting to linger the case .I read about this sec 13 .I fought my case . But I was not guided by the hon court about execution of the documents .In the end I had to hire a lawyer .And the court gave one sided judgement .Many times I felt that the lawyer opponent was given more freedom .But sometimes I used sec 13 and it did work to stop the oppoent lawyer from misinterpretation .the best part was that I got the judgement in 4 months though it was negative .

    • 15 SHROFF April 3, 2014 at 2:31 am

      U said ” Though it was negative””
      Recd Quick Judgement , as no Lawyer, but Negative also as No Lawyer..
      Haste makes Waste!!

  9. 16 blv June 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Hon’ble Judges…

    as my bit knowledge who has been taking the councelling between petitioner/respondent. They have to understand by which position (peti/resp) they done the mistakes…

    I looked many of family cases enrolling in chennai family court for a small mistakes like ediot, nonsense, stupid… these are a big mistakes?? to say to husband/wife… (for kidding/romance also they could said)

    What is the value and relationship between husband & wife..????

    So girls means like home worker, they do not have dreams, rights, to ask, advice her husband after marriage….???

    Here why wife scold her husband behind this husbands and his family tortures are there and wife has rights to ask, say to husband/wife.

    Kindly I request to the Hon’ble Chennai Family Court Judges… Please show a little a bit of humanity on girls…. “Save Girl Life” boy can get marry 2nd, 3rd…. but women… how society treats her if she left husband… pls women is god..

    Kindly do not take any case regarding above small mistakes bcz husband and his family members showing above cases a big mistakes… court has been forgiving the who has done big mistakes.

    But why making harrasment on women.??

    pls stop harrasment on women, kid, aged people.

    • 17 nim July 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      What? women is God???? Bull-shit…

      • 18 nim July 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        I knew a woman, of course I married her… I couldn’t even think of her a woman… rubbish talk… God… what sort of God? Evil God???? The so called woman ruining the man’s life…. it is not even bull shit…. it is pig-shit…. I never saw / heard of such a cruel lady in my life….

      • 19 SHROFF April 3, 2014 at 2:32 am

        U NEED TO LOOK FROM DIFFERENT ANGLE.

  10. 20 Swamy August 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Always remember two things after the marriage. Perfect understanding & Forgiveness is the greatest things which extended the love till the end of life.

    There are no reasons required more than the word Love for Living together (h&w) in life and starting of their life.

    Love is depth of confidence and its increase the lifetime of relationship, that’s why those relationships never die so keep the love always and stay together.

    • 21 SHROFF April 3, 2014 at 2:38 am

      GIVE
      Sacrifice FIRST
      YOU CANNOT REAP, UNLESS YOU SAW.
      u reap , what u saw.
      God reward all your acts. have patience, make someone happy, even for few minutes, especially your wife./ hussy./ son/ daughter/ mother/ father/ sis/ bro..
      grow love & confidence, safety and tolerance.. & see result..
      It’s wonderful…

  11. 22 SunilT Joseph October 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

    As per sectioin 13 of the Family courts act the represention through the lawyer is not normally perimitted. In order to meet the ends of justice and inability to represent the case and in the interest of justice the legal practitioners can get permission under section 13 by filing separate petition to represent a case in family court

    http://www.pathlegal.in/FamilyCourt/Chennai/

  12. 23 Shishu February 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I know a person who has been forging legal documents. One of the documents is a divorce papers from The Principal Family Court in Madras, dated 17 Oct 2000, Ref: F.C.O.P.No. 521/2000. He has obtained UK Visa and passport based on fake documents.

    I would like to know if there is a way of checking the authenticity of this document.

  13. 24 SHROFF April 3, 2014 at 2:39 am

    get certified true copy from Court, report authorities concerned with copy.

  14. 25 ashwindevendhran April 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    hi am husband and petitioner of my H.M.O.P for ‘restitution on conjugal rights’ in chennai principal family court but the couseling was not in proper manner

    and my wife asking me for divorced and we have a daughter and my wife dint understand the future of my daughter i convinced my wife lot but she was very adamant and dormant againt my speech

    and i think she might be plan to move with someone, it will spoil my daughter’s life

    i been going to live my entire life for my daughter and i dint like to 2nd marrige too

    kindly anybody tell how can i get back my daughter with me legally


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