Family

Magistrate's Court

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Information Sheets

CONTACT THE 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

Suva Family Division of the Magistrates 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

 

NASINU

Saqa Street, Valelevu, Nasinu, beside Housing Authority.

PO BOX 7748 Magistrate’s Court, Nasinu.

 

Senior Court Officer II: +679 334 1081 / +679 9922271

Enquiries: +679 3390466

Email: nasinuct.judiciaryfiji@@gmail.com

 

NAUSORI

Level 1, 3 Kings Building, Nausori Town.

PO BOX 227 Magistrate’s Court, Nausori.

 

Senior Court Officer II: +679 8924 855 / +679 9922276

Court Officer: +679 8924 856

Civil Clerk: +679 8924 869

Criminal Clerk: +679 8924 866

DVRO Clerk: +679 8924 865

Court 1 Clerk: +679 8924 868

Court 2 Clerk: +679 8924 872

Counter Clerk: +679 8924 874

General Enquiries: +679 8924 920

Email: nausoricourt@gmail.com

 

LEVUKA

Levuka Town, Ovalau.

PO BOX 66 Magistrate’s Court, Levuka.

 

Court Officer: +679 3440 355 / +679 9922491

Email: levukacourt@gmail.com

 

TAILEVU NORTH – KOROVOU

Deepwater Road, Korovou.

P O BOX 227 Magistrate’s Court, Nausori.

 

Officer In Charge: +679 8924 731 / +679 8301126

General Enquiries: +679 8924 730 / +679 8924 732

 

NAVUA

Serua Provincial Building, Vuninokonoko Road. Navua.

PO BOX 678 Magistrate’s Court, Navua.

 

Court Officer: +679 3460 654 / +679 9922291

Enquiries : +679 3460 644

Email: navuacourt@gmail.com

 

LAUTOKA

Lautoka Family Court
Level 2, Lautoka Court Complex – Along Tavewa Avenue, Lautoka.
PO Box 4253, Lautoka.

Senior Court Officer I: +679 666 0059 / +679 9922305
General Enquiries: +679 666 8199
Family Court Registry: ltkact.judiciaryfiji@gmail.com

 

SIGATOKA

Lawaqa Road, Sigatoka.

PO BOX 87 Magistrate’s Court, Sigatoka.

 

Court Officer/General Enquiries: +679 6500 067 / +679 9922302

Email: sigatokacourt@gmail.com

 

NADI

Koroivolu Ave, Nadi Town.

PO BOX 1275 Magistrate’s Court, Nadi.

 

Court Officer: +679 670 0962 / +679 9922297

General Enquiries: +679 6701322 / +679 670 1762 / +679 670 0960

Email: nadimagistratescourt@gmail.com

 

BA

Old Kings Rd, Ba Town.

PO BOX 430 Magistrate’s Court, Ba.

 

Court Officer: +679 667 4287 / +679 8308910

General Enquiries: +679 667 1817

Email: bact.fiji@gmail.com

 

TAVUA

Nabuna Street, Tavua.

PO BOX 516 Magistrate’s Court, Tavua.

 

Court Officer/General Enquiries: +679 668 0022 / +679 9922345

Email: tavuacourt@gmail.com 

 

RAKIRAKI

Rakiraki Town.

PO BOX 87 Magistrate’s Court, Rakiraki.

 

Court Officer/General Enquiries: +679 6669 4349/ +679 9922347

Email: rakirakicourt@gmail.com

 

LABASA

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

 

SAVUSAVU

Ground Floor, Naturubu House, Savusavu Town.

PO BOX 160 Magistrate’s Court, Savusavu.

 

Court Officer: +679 885 0210 / +679 9922464

General Enquiries: +679 885 0272

Email: savusavucourt@gmail.com

 

TAVEUNI

Waiyevo Road, Between Taveuni Police Station and Telecom Fiji Exchange.

PO BOX 31 Magistrate’s Court, Taveuni.

 

Court Officer: +679 888 0484 / +679 9922490

General Enquiries: +679 888 0081 / +679 9922490

Email: taveunicourt@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, 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:

  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

 

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.

Magistrates

Chief Magistrate

Suva

Mr. Usaia Ratuvili

 

Resident Magistrates

Suva

Mr. Chaitanya  Lakshman
Ms. Deepika  Prakash

 

Nasinu

Ms Sufia Hamza
Mr Charles Ratakele

 

Nausori

Mr Tomasi Bainivalu

 

Navua

Mr Thushara Thenakoon

 

Sigatoka

Mr Cama Tuberi

 

Nadi

Mr Peni Dalituicama
Ms Nirosha Kannangara
Ms Nilmini Ferdinandez

 

Lautoka

Mr Jeremaia Lewaravu
Mr Bandula Gunaratne
Ms Nayani Kasturiratne
Mr Sekonaia Vodokisolomone

 

Ba

Mr Samuela Qica
Mr Jioji Boseiwaqa

 

Tavua and Rakiraki

Mr Lisiate Fotofili

 

Labasa

Ms Senileba Levaci
Mr Bimsara Jagodage

 

Savusavu

Mr Timoci Qalinauci

Calendar

Calendar to be updated here when dates are confirmed.

Fee(s) [VIP]

Form 1 Application for Dissolution of Marriage $54.50

Form 3 Application for Declaration of Validity of Marriage. $54.50

Form 4 Responses to Form 1,2 and 3. $54.50

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. $54.50

Form 10 Response to Form 9 $54.50

Form 11 Response to Form 10 $54.50

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 Magistrates Court to High Court $109.00

Search Fees $10.90

Subpoena $5.45

Notice of Change/ Appointment of Solicitors $5.45

Notice of Change/Appointment of Solicitors $5.75

Orders. (sealing of) No Fee

Prepared by Registry $7.10

Filed by Solicitors $5.45

Photocopy Fees Per Page $1.10

Copy Records Per Page $1.10

Judgment Debtor Summons $10.90

Late Filing Fees $10.90

Submissions No Fee

Hearing Fees Applicable only on defended matters for Forms 1,3,4,9,10,11(per day) $54.50

Adoption $43.60

JDS $10.90

Committal Warrant $16.35