Institute of Law Trains Officials on Family Court Laws and Procedures

Working with the High Council of Family Courts, Birzeit University’s Institute of Law launched on October 28,2013 a three-day training course on Family Court Laws and Procedures.
The training activity targeted legal advisors at governor’s offices and was designed to consolidate coordination of family and society issues between relevant bodies and initiate future cooperation for serving and promoting the justice sector in Palestine.
The training course introduced legislation governing personal status and family courts, family matters, and the working relationship between family courts and governor’s offices. While highlighting recently-issued instructions and circulars on family court procedures, the training included a presentation of the Family Law Court Judgments Database on the Palestinian Legal and Judicial System (AL-MUQTAFI).
In his welcome address, institute director Jamil Salem highlighted the significance of this training course and commended the positive working relationship between the institute and the High Council of Family Courts. He said that the fruitful cooperation between the institutions allowed for the development and updating of the AL-MUQTAFI-housed Family Law Court Judgments Database.
His Eminence Sheikh Yousef Id’eis, Chairman of the High Council of Family Courts, emphasized the vital role played by the institute in introducing and promoting family courts as an indispensable component of the Palestinian justice sector.
The training seminar is an activity of the Access to Information about Women’s Rights Project, which the institute implements with support from the Representative Office of Denmark to the Palestinian Authority. The project is tailored to improve services delivered by family courts to the Palestinian public.