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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, 2015. The Court has two Divisions:
Family Court Division of the High Court
Family Court Division of the Magistrates Court
Family Division of the Magistrate’s Court is subordinate to the Family Division of the High Court. This Division consists of such Resident Magistrates as the Chief Magistrate determines.
The Family Division of the Magistrates’ Court has jurisdiction in:
Matrimonial causes and all other matters instituted or continued under the Family Law Act 2003;
Any other matter in respect of which jurisdiction is conferred on it by a written law
Subject to this Act all Magistrates of the Division have all such powers as are granted by law to Resident Magistrates and to Magistrates Courts
Sittings of Magistrates of the Division are to be held from time to time as required at such places in the Fiji Islands as the Chief Magistrate directs.
The practice and procedure of each Family Division are governed by the rules of the respective Division.
The Family Division of the Magistrates Court deals with matters such as Application for Declaration as to Validity, Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), Maintenance & Contribution applications, matrimonial property distribution between the parties, residence/contact issues in relation to children, absconding warrant application in order to stop a party from leaving the Country prior to finalization of the matter, Recovery Order application for recovering a child(ren), DVRO applications, Reciprocal enforcements, Adoption applications, Judgment Debtors Summons, Contempt application when a party breaches a Court Order, Enforcement of Maintenance orders. Interim applications are also made in respect of some of the substantive matters.
Family Court property, residence and contact matters are dealt by the Registrar /Deputy Registrar and Counsellors for case assessment.
Counselling is also part of the service provided by the Family Court. It is headed by the Director, Counsellors and offers services free of charges. It also becomes an integral part of a proceeding when it comes to children’s issues.
In so far as the rules of the respective Divisions are insufficient, the High Court Rules or the Magistrates Court Rules respectively apply (so far as they are capable of such application and subject to any directions of the Judge of the Family Division or the Chief Magistrate, as the case may be) to the practice and procedure of the Division.
Note: For more information, please refer to the Information Sheets provided on your left.
Mr. Usaia Ratuvili
Mr. Chaitanya Lakshman
Ms. Deepika Prakash
Ms Sufia Hamza
Mr Charles Ratakele
Mr Tomasi Bainivalu
Mr Thushara Thenakoon
Mr Cama Tuberi
Mr Peni Dalituicama
Ms Nirosha Kannangara
Ms Nilmini Ferdinandez