Improving family court systems to achieve better access to justice
Jointly organized by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the “Legal Aid and Dispute Settlement Office” project conducted a workshop in Sharm El Sheikh from February 16 to18 2016 which availed opportunity for 40 family court judges to get together and discuss the prospects to improving the litigation process in family court systems.
In her opening remarks, Judge Gehan El Batouty, Supervisor of Legal Aid Offices in the Department of Specialized Courts and National Project Director, highlighted that “upgrading the Family Court systems will help disadvantaged and marginalized families attain a better quality of life”. This workshop comes in line with the strategic plan of the Ministry of Justice and the development priorities of the Egyptian government.
The three-day workshop included sessions on various topics such as temporary alimony, divorce, custody and visitation rights and the role of Nasser Bank in facilitating payment procedures for litigants. Panel discussions were also held to deliberate on how to ensure an expedited litigation process. As a conclusion to the workshop, participants drafted a set of recommendations on the legislative reforms necessary to improve the litigation process in family court systems, which is to be presented and endorsed by the Minister of Justice.
This workshop was organized within the framework of the ongoing cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and UNDP under the umbrella the UN Joint Programme “Social, Economic and Legal Empowerment of Egyptian Women" that is supported by the generous contribution of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).