ORDINANCE NO. LV OF 2002
THE
FAMILY COURTS (AMENDMENT)
ORDINANCE, 2002

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 sub¬section (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.

10. Amendment of Section, 14, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,-In the said Act, in Section 14,-

(a) in sub-section (2),-

(1) In clause (2),-

(i) after the word “dower” the words “or dowry” shall be inserted; and
(ii) for the words “fifteen thousand” the words “thirty thousand” shall be substituted; and

(2) in clause (c), for the words “five hundred” the words “one thousand” shall be substituted; and

(b) after sub-section (2), amended as aforesaid, the following new sub-sections shall be added, namely: –

(3) No appeal or revision shall lie against an interim order passed by a Family Court.

(4) The appellate Court referred to in sub-section (1) shall dispose of the appeal within a period of four months.”.

11. Amendment of Section 15, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.-In the said Act, in Section 15, in sub-section (2), for the word “hundred” the word “thousand” shall be substituted.

12. Amendment of Section 16, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.-In the said Act, in Section 16,-

(a) after clause (b), the following new clause shall be inserted, namely: –

(bb) misbehaves with any person in the Court premises or uses abusive language; threats or uses physical force or intimidates in any form: or.”.

(b) for the words “two hundred” the words “two thousand” shall be substituted.

13. Amendment of Section 17, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,-In the said Act, in Section 17, in sub-section (1),-

(a) for the words, comma and figure “Evidence Act, 1872” the words, comma, figures, brackets and letters “Qanun-e-Shahadat, 1984 (P.O. No. 10 of 1984)” shall be substituted; and

(b) after the word “Court” occurring at the end, the words, and figure “in respect of part 1 of Schedule” shall be added.

14. Insertion of new Sections, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.–In. the said Act, after Section 17, the following new sections shall be inserted namely:-
“17A. Interim order for maintenance.-At any stage of proceedings in a suit for maintenance, the Family Court may pass an interim order for maintenance, where under the payment shall be made by the fourteenth of each month, failing which the Court may strike off the defence of the defendant and decree the suit. ‘ –
“17B. Power of the Court to issue Commission.-Subject to such conditions and limitations as may be prescribed, the Court may issue a Commission to,-

(a) examine any person; . .

(b) make a local investigation; and

(c) inspect any property or document.”.

15. Substitution of Section 19, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.–In the said Act, for Section 19, the following shall be substituted, namely: –
“19. Court fee.-Notwithstanding anything contained in the Court Fees Act, 1870 (VII of 1870), the Court-fee to be paid on any plaint or memorandum of appeal shall be rupees fifteen for any kind of suit or appeal under this Act.”.

16. Substitution of Section 20, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964.–In the said Act, for Section 20, the following shall be substituted, namely:-
“20. Family Court to exercise the powers of the Judicial Magistrate.-A Family Court shall have and exercise all the powers of a Judicial Magistrate of the First Class under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act V of 1898).”

17. Insertion of new Section 21A, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,-In the said Act, after Section 21, the following new section shall be inserted, namely:-
“21A. Interim order pending suit.-The Family Court may pass an interim order to preserve and protect any property in dispute in a suit .and any other property of a party to the suit, the preservation of which is considered necessary for satisfaction of the decree, if and when passed.”.

18. Amendment of Section 25A,. W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,- In Section 25A, after sub-section (2), the following new sub-sections shall be inserted, namely:-
“(2a) Where a Family Court remains vacant or the presiding officer remains on leave or absent for any reason, except due to vacations, for more than thirty days a District Court may, either on the application of any party or of its own accord, by order in writing, transfer any suit or proceeding from such Family Court to another Family Court in a District or to itself and disposed it of as a Family Court.
(2b) On the application of any of the parties and after notice to. the parties and after hearing such of them as desire to be heard, or of its own motion without such notice, the Supreme Court may at any stage transfer any suit, appeal or other proceedings under this Act pending before a Court in one Province to a Court in another Province, competent to try or dispose of the same:”.

19. Amendment of Section 25-B, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,-In the said Act, in Section 25-B, in clause (b), for the full stop at the end a colon shall be substituted and thereafter the following proviso shall be added, namely:-
Provided that the stay application shall be finally decided by the District Court or the High Court’, as the case may be, within thirty days failing which the interim stay order shall cease to be operative.”

20. Amendment of Schedule, W.P. Act XXXV of 1964,-In the said Act, in the Schedule,–

(a) before Serial number 1 and entry relating thereto, the word and figure Part I shall be inserted;

(b) in Serial number 1, after the word “marriage” the comma and words “including Khula” shall be added;

(c) in Serial number 5, after the word “children” the commas and words ” and the visitation rights of parents to meet them, shall be added; and

(d) after Serial number 8 and the entry relating thereto, the following shall be added, namely:-
“9. Personal property and belongings of a wife.

PART — II
Offences and aid and abetment thereof under Section 337A (i), 337F (i),341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 352 and 509 of the Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of l860)