ORDINANCE NO. LV OF 2002
FAMILY COURTS (AMENDMENT)
An Ordinance further to amend the Family Courts Act, 1964
[Gazette of Pakistan Extraordinary, Part-1,1st October, 2002]
F.No. 2(l)/2002-Pub. "The following Ordinance promulgated by the President is hereby published for general information:-
Whereas, it is expedient further to amend the Family Courts Act, 1964 (W.P. Act XXXV of 1964), for the purposes hereinafter appearing;
AND WHEREAS the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;
Now, THEREFORE, in pursuance of the Proclamation of Emergency of the fourteenth day of October, 1999, and the Provisional Constitution Order No. 1 of 1999, read with the Provisional Constitution (Amendment) Order No. 9 of 1999, and in exercise of all powers enabling him in that behalf, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:-
1. Short title and commencement.-(1) This Ordinance may be called the Family Courts (Amendment) Ordinance, 2002.
(2) It shall come into force at once.
2. Amendment of Section 5, W.P. Act XXXV.of 1964,-In the said Act,-
(a) Section 5 shall be renumbered as sub-section (1) of that section and in sub-section (1), renumbered as aforesaid, for the words "the Schedule" the words "Part I of the Schedule" shall be substituted; and
(b) after sub-section (1) amended as aforesaid, the following hew sub-sections shall be added, namely:-
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898), the Family Court shall have jurisdiction to try the offences specified in Part 11 of the Schedule, where one of the spouses is victim of an offence committed by the other.
(3) The High Court may with the approval of the Government, amend the Schedule so as to alter, delete or add any entry thereto.".
3. Amendment of Section 7, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,-In the said Act, in Section 7,-
(a) in sub-section (2), in the existing proviso, after the word "Provided" the word "further" shall be inserted and before the said proviso amended as aforesaid, the following new proviso shall be inserted namely:-
"Provided that a plaint for dissolution of marriage may contain all claims relating to dowry, maintenance, dower, personal property and belongings of wife, custody of children and visitation rights of parents to meet their children."; and
(b). in sub-section (3), in clause (ii), after the word plaint at the end, the words "giving reasons of relevancy of these documents to the claim in the plaint" shall he added.
4. Amendment of Section 8, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.–In the said Act, in Section 8,-
(a) in sub-section (I),–
(i) in clause (a), for the word "may" the word "shall" shall be substituted and the word "ordinarily" shall be omitted; and
(ii) in clause (c), after the words "acknowledgement due", the words "or by courier service or by both" shall be inserted.
(b) in Sub-section (6), after the comma and figure "19" the figure and comma "20", shall be inserted.
5. Amendment of Section 9, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.–In the said Act, in Section 9,-
(i). after sub-section (1), .the following new sub-sections shall be inserted, namely:-
(la). A defendant husband may, where no earlier suit for restitution of conjugal rights is pending, claim for a decree of restitution of conjugal rights in his written statement to a suit for dissolution of marriage or maintenance, which shall be deemed as a plaint and no separate suit shall lie for it.
(Ib) A defendant wife may, in the written statement to a suit for restitution of conjugal rights, make a claim for dissolution of marriage including khula which shall be deemed as a plaint and no separate suit shall lie for it: Provided that the proviso to sub-section (4) of Section 10 shall apply where the decree for dissolution of marriage is to be passed on the ground of khula.
(ii). in sub-section (3), after the word "statement" at the end, the words "giving reasons of relevancy of these documents to the defence in the written statement" shall be added;
iii. in sub-section (6), for the words "reasonable time of the passing thereof the words "thirty days of the service of notice under sub-section (7) of the passing of the decree" shall be substituted: and
iv after sub-section (6) amended as aforesaid, the following new sub-sections shall be added, namely:
(7) The notice of passing of the ex-parte decree referred to in subsection (6) shall be sent to the defendant by the Family Court together with a certified copy of the decree within three days of the passing of the decree, through process server or by . registered post, acknowledgement due, or through courier service or any other mode or manner as it may deem fit.
(8) Service of notice and its accompaniment in the manner provided in sub-section (7) shall be deemed to be due service of the notice and decree on the defendant.
6. Amendment of Section 16, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,-In the said Act, in Section 10, in sub-section (4), for the full stop at the end a colon shall be substituted and thereafter the following proviso shall be added, namely:-
"Provided that notwithstanding any decision or judgment of any Court or tribunal, the Family Court in a suit for dissolution of marriage, if reconciliation fails, shall pass decree for dissolution of marriage forthwith and shall also restore to the husband the Haq Mehr received by the wife in consideration of marriage at the time of marriage.
7. Amendment of Section 12, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964. "In the said Act, in Section 12, in sub-section (1), after the word "parties" occurring at the end, the words "within a period not exceeding fifteen days" shall be added.
8. Substitution of Section 12A, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964:–In the said Act, for Section 12A, the following shall be substituted, namely: –
"12.A. Cases to be disposed of within a specified period. Family Court shall dispose of a case, including a suit ft dissolution of marriage, within a period of six months from the date of institution:
Provided that where a case is not disposed of within six months either party shall have a right to make an application to the High Court for necessary direction as the High Court may deem fit.".
9. Amendment of Section 13, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.–In the said Act, in Section 13, in sub-section (3), after the word "Court" occurring for the first time, the words “not exceeding thirty days” shall be inserted.