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CONTACT FAMILY COURT

BUSINESS HOURS:

Mondays – Thursdays: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Fridays: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (except for gazetted Public Holidays)

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

 

Suva Family Division of the High Court

Level 1, Government Buildings, Suva
GPO Box 2215, Government Buildings

 

Senior Court Officer I: +679 321 1810 / +679 9922187

Court Officer: +679 321 1837

Director Counseling: +679 3211 848

Secretary: +679 3211 849

Counselor: +679 3211 552

Registrar: +679 3211 835

Assistant Registrar: +679 3211 630

General Enquiries: +679 321 1811

Family Court Registries: judiciaryfijifamct@gmail.com

 

MAINTENANCE SECTION:

Ground Level, Government Buildings, Suva

 

Court Officer: +679 3211 257

General Enquiries: +679 3211 291

 

 

Lautoka Family Court

Level 2, Lautoka Court Complex – Along Tavewa Avenue, Lautoka
PO Box 103, Lautoka

 

Senior Court Officer I: +679 666 0059 / +679 9922305

General Enquiries: +679 666 8199

Family Court Registry: ltkact.judiciaryfiji@gmail.com

 

 

Labasa Family Court

Ground Level, Katonivere House – Hospital Road, Labasa
P O BOX 56, High Court, Labasa

 

Assistant Registrar: +679 881 8920

Court Officer: +679 881 8922 / +679 9922422

General Enquiries: +679 881 8924

Family Court Registry: labasa.judiciaryfiji@gmail.com

 

If you need assistance

Ask the Court Registry in your area for the information about the services listed below:

 

Legal Aid Office
Suva Phone: +679 3311195
Lautoka Phone: +679 6650011
Labasa Phone: +679 8815118

 

Department of Social Welfare
Suva Phone: +679 3315585

 

Please ask Court staff for other organisations in your area which may be able to assist you.

 

 

CONTACT THE FAMILY COURT ONLINE:

 




The Family Court is presided over by a Judge and two Magistrates. It is vested with jurisdiction under the Family Law Act 2003.The Family Court of the Fiji Islands officially opened on 31st October, 2005. The Family Law Act 2003 came into effect on 1st November, and 2015. The Court has two Divisions:

  • Family Court Division of the High Court
  • Family Court Division of the Magistrates Court

 

The Family Division of the High Court is presided by a Judge and has jurisdiction in:

  1. Matrimonial causes and all other matters instituted or continued under the Family Law Act 2003.
  2. Any other matter in respect of which jurisdiction is conferred on it by a written law.
  3. Subject to such restrictions and conditions (if any) as are contained in the regulations, the jurisdiction of the Family Division of the High Court may be exercised in relation to persons or things outside the Fiji.

 

The Family Division of the High Court has exclusive jurisdiction in relation to applications for orders for nullity of marriage and to applications under section 200 in relation to the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (1980).

 

Subject to the Family Law Act, Judges of the Division have all such powers as are by law or custom granted to the High Court including hearing of appeals from the Family Division of the Magistrates’ Court.

 

Exercise of jurisdiction

The original and appellate jurisdiction of the Family Division of the High Court is exercisable by one or more judges as the Chief Justice may direct or as prescribed by rules of court.

Sittings of judges of the Division are to be held from time to time as required at such places in the Fiji Islands as the judge of the Family Division directs.

 

Appeals from the Family Division

An appeal from the Family Division of the Magistrates’ Court lies as of right to the Family Division of the High Court.

 

Appeals from judges of the Family Division exercising original jurisdiction lie as of right to the Court of Appeal.

 

Appeals from judges of the Family Division sitting on appeal from orders of the Magistrates’ Court lie to the Court of Appeal with leave of the Court of Appeal.

 

Note: For more information, please refer to the Information Sheets provided on your left.

Judges

Suva, Lautoka & Labasa

Hon. Madam Justice Anjala Wati

Calendar

Calendar to be updated here when dates are confirmed.

Fee(s) [VIP]

Form 1 Application for Dissolution of Marriage $109.00

Form 2 Application of Nullity of marriage $109.00

Form 3 Application for Declaration of Validity of Marriage $109.00

Form 4 Responses to Form 1,2,and 3 $109.00

Form 5 Application for Maintenance and Contribution No Fee

Form 6 Response to Form 5 No Fee

Form 7 Application for contempt Proceedings No Fee

Form 8 Application for Consent Orders No Fee

Form 9 Application for Final Orders $109.00

Form 10 Response to Form 9 $109.00

Form 11 Response to Form 10 $109.00

Form 12 Application for Interim Orders and Child Recovery. No Fee

Form 13 Response to Form 12 No Fee

Form 14 Notice Seeking Counseling No Fee

Form 15 Notice of Child Abuse or Risk of Child Abuse No Fee

Form 16 Application for Registration of Parenting Plans. No Fee

Form 17 Consent to Register Parenting Plan No Fee

Form 18 Child Recovery Order No Fee

Form 19 Financial Statement Form No Fee

Form 20 Notice of Address of Service Form No Fee

Form 21 Acknowledgement of Service Form No Fee

Form 22 Affidavit of Service No Fee

Form 23 Affidavit No Fee

Form 24 Cover Sheet No Fee

Form 25 Notice of Continuance No Fee

Form 26 Appeal from High Court to Fiji Court of Appeal $218.00

Search Fess $10.90

Subpoena $21.80

Notice of Change/ Appointment of Solicitors $21.80

Orders. (sealing of) $10.90

Prepared by Registry $14.20

Filed by Solicitors $10.90

Photocopy Fees Per Page $1.10 per page.

For supplying a transcript of notes of proceedings per typed page (minimum $5.00) $1.10 per page

Judgment Debtor Summons $10.90

Late Filing Fees $21.80

Hearing Fees Applicable only on defended matters for Forms 1,3,4,9,10,11 $109.00

Hague Convention (Originating Summons) $109

Reply to Affidavit (HC) $10.90

Adoption Appeal $87.20