The Malta Independent 25 May 2024, Saturday
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Government announces public meeting over its bid to reform the family court

Sunday, 14 April 2024, 15:52 Last update: about 2 months ago

The Ministry for Justice and the Reform of the Construction Sector and the Ministry for Social Policy and Children's Rights will organize the first public meeting on the reform of the Family Court on Saturday, 20th April at 10:00 am at the University of Malta, Valletta Campus.

This meeting is intended for the government to hear people's opinions before the document for public consultation is finalized.

Those present can participate in the discussion on these topics: Better procedures in the Family Court; Ensuring the rights of everyone; Access and maintenance; Care and custody - co-parenting and parental alienation; The role of professionals in the social sector; More effective and efficient mediation.

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The purpose of this public meeting is for the government to listen and consult, in order to ultimately act in the best interests of society on this reform, government said.

"The family sector is a sensitive one, where each situation has its own particulars, and therefore, each intervention must be carefully considered. The work of the technical committee has led to the first set of recommendations in this sensitive and important sector. This consultation meeting underscores the seriousness of the approach being taken to reach a reform that is based on the contribution of stakeholders in the sector, on relationships, and on the experiences of those facing these realities," said Minister for Justice and the Reform of the Construction Sector, Jonathan Attard.

On his end, Minister for Social Policy and Children's Rights, Michael Falzon, added: "We know that when a family faces problems, there are many legal, emotional, and social dimensions involved, and therefore, as a government, we will be close to the people to listen, discuss, and ultimately act."

Those who wish to attend and participate in the discussion should call freephone 8000 2056 to reserve their place, as seats are limited, and registration is required before attending.


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