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A first for family court counsellors

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/article521955.ece

Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, on Saturday inaugurated the first-of-its-kind orientation programme for counsellors of family courts at Karkardooma Courts here.

Justice Misra asked the counsellors of a matrimonial or family dispute to keep in mind the fine distinction between self-respect and ego of the parties involved. He told them to make efforts to understand the flexibility of adjustments in life and advised the counsellors to have a multi-pronged approach while counselling the parties.

Emphasising that marriage as an institution was to be sustained and not merely maintained, he dwelt upon the concepts of compatibility, adoptability, subjugation and sustenance of marriage. He also talked about the philosophical aspects of marriage as an institution.

Justice Hima Kohli, Judge of the Delhi High Court and Chairperson of the Committee of Family Courts, said that long-drawn litigation only results in greater bitterness, feelings of hurt, suffering, emotional trauma and financial strain. The counsellors can deal with the underlying interests and emotional sufferings of the parties to amicably settle the disputes. She stressed upon the objective of family courts to promote counselling, conciliation and exhorted the counsellors to take the task of making family courts a success.

Organised by the Delhi Judicial Academy (DJA), the orientation programme also had a session on the counselling techniques. Several judges of the Delhi High Court, all the District Judges of Delhi, judicial officers, Principal Judge of Family Courts Deepa Sharma and Prof. Ved Kumari, Chairperson of DJA, Kamlesh Kumar, District Judge of Karkardooma Courts and members of different Bar Associations were present on the occasion.

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