THE
WEST PAKISTAN FAMILY COURTS (SINDH AMENDMENT)
ORDINANCE, 1997

19th February, 1997

An Ordinance to amend the West Pakistan Family
Courts Act, 1964, in its application to the Province of Sindh

No.S. Legis.1(4)/97, dated 19 2 1997. The following Ordinance made by the Governor of Sindh is hereby published for general information:

Preamble. Whereas it is expedient to amend the West Pakistan Family Courts Act, 1964, its , application to the Province of Sindh, in the manner hereinafter appearing; ,

And whereas the Provincial Assembly is not in session and the Governor of Sindh is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 128 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Governor of Sindh is pleased to make and promulgate the following Ordinance:

1. Short title and commencement. (1) This Ordinance may be called the West Pakistan Family Courts (Sindh Amendment) Ordinance, 1997.
(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. In the West Pakistan Family Courts Act, 1964, in its application to the Province of Sindh; after section 25 the following new section shall be inserted:
“25 A. Transfer of cases. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law, the High Court may, either on the application of any party or on its own accord, by an order in writing—
(a) transfer any suit or proceeding under this Act from one Family Court to another Family Court in the same district or from a Family Court of one district to a Family Court of another district; and
(b) transfer any appeal or proceedings under this Act from the District Court of one district to the District Court of another district.
(2) Any Court to which a suit, appeal or proceeding is transferred under the preceding subsections shall, notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, have the jurisdiction to dispose it of in the manner as if it were instituted or filed before it:
Provided that on the transfer of a suit, it shall not be necessary to commence the proceeding before the succeeding Judge de novo unless the Judge, for reasons to be recorded in writing, directs otherwise ”

2. In the West Pakistan Family Courts Act, 1964, in its application to the Province of Sindh; after section 25 the following new section shall be inserted:
“25 A. Transfer of cases. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law, the High Court may, either on the application of any party or on its own accord, by an order in writing—
(a) transfer any suit or proceeding under this Act from one Family Court to another Family Court in the same district or from a Family Court of one district to a Family Court of another district; and
(b) transfer any appeal or proceedings under this Act from the District Court of one district to the District Court of another district.
(2) Any Court to which a suit, appeal or proceeding is transferred under the preceding subsections shall, notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, have the jurisdiction to dispose it of in the manner as if it were instituted or filed before it:
Provided that on the transfer of a suit, it shall not be necessary to commence the proceeding before the succeeding Judge de novo unless the Judge, for reasons to be recorded in writing, directs otherwise ”