Family courts’ judges advised to exercise “parental jurisdiction” with rationality to save disintegrating families

ISLAMABAD: Justice Tariq Parvez, a Supreme Court judge, on Monday said that usually any and all good acts were considered to contribute towards earning sawab, but for our Family Court Judges it would be earning of sawab, apart from discharging of their duties, to settle the family matter disputes in their courts through pre and post trial reconciliation between the estranged parties.

He expressed these views in the inaugural ceremony of one week orientation on “Management of Family cases inclusive of two-day workshop on challenges being faced by Family Judges” for Female Judges hailing from all over Pakistan here at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA).

“Family Court Judges are empowered with an extraordinary jurisdiction called a “parental jurisdiction”. It is a very special jurisdiction. Exercise this very special jurisdiction with rationality and extra-care so that disintegrating families are integrated, reunited or their family matters are settled amicably. Apply pre and post trial reconciliation jurisdiction and save the families from the break-up. This act on your part will not only bring satisfaction to your conscience but it will also earn some sort of “ sawab” for you”, he maintained.

About the process and importance of learning, he said, “Everyday every new experience and every new lecture adds to our knowledge. “Since you people come from different parts of the country and with different socio-cultural backgrounds, thus, your interaction with the resource persons and that also with each other will certainly add to your knowledge and information”, he told the participants.

Sharing his experience, he said: “In our belief, learning starts from the cradle and ends up to the grave. He said he always try to act upon it. He said while watching a television program in which the host of the program quoted the thought-provoking words of Hazrat Umar Farooq ( R.A) which read as “ Jahan Adl hoga, wahan rizq ki frawani hogi” ( wherever will be justice, there will be rizq( provision) in abundance)“. He said he never read or heard these words before this television program so we have to keep on learning from the cradle to the grave.” According to FJA spokesman Hashim Abro, 24-female judges were undergoing this one-week orientation at the academy.