Chennai: A day after the Madras High Court
announced that family courts would work on Saturdays and if
need be on Sundays, the Women Lawyers` Association opposed
Chief Justice M Y Eqbal`s initiative.
The family courts are slated to start functioning on
Saturdays from July 10, considering the huge pendency of
The association, at an Emergent General Meeting today,
unanimously resolved to oppose the move, according to an
press statement from it. Association members said it would
affect their domestic work.
Calling for immediate withdrawal of the High Court
Registrar General`s order on the holiday courts, it also
resolved to take necessary steps for sanction of more
additional family courts for speedy disposal of pending cases.
Madras High Court Advocates` Association President R C
Paul Kanagaraj said MHAA was not averse to family courts
working on Saturdays. However, advocates were opposed to
Sunday being a working day as they need at least one day off.
Stating that as a matter of policy the court could not
insist on lawyers attending family courts on Saturdays and
Sundays, Tamil Nadu Advocates Association President S
Prabhakaran added that such sittings would be "annoying".
Prabhakaran also sought setting up of two more family
courts, in addition to the existing ones, to reduce the
pendency of cases.