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Courts cannot dispose of matters at cost of sacrificing cause of justice: Delhi High Court pulls up family court

A Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh observed that the order under challenge reflects ‘very poorly’ on the manner in which the family court conducted itself. The order stated,

“We are dismayed at the approach adopted by Ms. Anju Bajaj Chandna, Principal Judge, Family Court, New Delhi District, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi. The endeavour of the Court cannot be simply to dispose of matters, one way or another at the cost of sacrificing the cause of justice. The Family Courts are expected to function so as to bring about a settlement, if possible. Since the parties, themselves, were seeking an adjournment on account of them being in negotiation, there was no justification for the Family Court to have declined the request for adjournment made before it; to have closed the right of the appellant to lead evidence and; to proceed to judgment dismissing the divorce petition. The impugned order reflects very poorly in the manner in which the Family Court has conducted itself.”

Source: Barandbench

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