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Training Course Kicks Off on Family Court Trial Procedures

January 21, 2013
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The Institute of Law (IoL) at Birzeit University organised a training course on “Trial Procedures before Family Courts in Palestine” for practicing and trainee lawyers in the northern and central West Bank.



Institute Director Jamil Salem opened the training course on November 17, 2012 by welcoming the audience and His Eminence Sheikh Yousef Id’eis, Chairman of the High Council of Family Courts, thanking him for the cooperation between the Council and the Institute.

The course will “address significant functions of Palestinian family courts, including inheritance, ‘Khul’ [divorce in return for a monetary compensation to be paid by a wife to her husband], proceedings in family cases, and code of professional conduct for family lawyers,” explained Mr. Salem. The course combines both theory and practice in a mock trial session.

Sheikh Id’eis also spoke, highlighting the distinctive working relationship between the High Council of Family Courts and the Institute of Law. “Training [is] pivotal to enhancing family lawyers’ skills and saving time and effort by both the lawyers and judges in the exercise of their functions,” he said.

Sheikh Id’eis expressed his hope that the Institute would organise further training sessions to target family lawyers, particularly in the southern West Bank. Given that universities do not focus on personal status issues, notably inheritance, he suggested that training materials on family court functions be included within the Institute-sponsored Professional Diploma in Legal Practice.

Advocate Imad Awwad emphasised that the training event would promote skills and build the capacity of family lawyers. “The training course addresses procedures before family courts, paying special attention to developing, processing and documenting family court judgements in the Palestinian Legal and Judicial System (AL-MUQTAFI),” he noted.

During the opening ceremony, Institute researchers gave a presentation on the AL-MUQTAFI Family Court Judgement Database. In this course, participating lawyers will be trained to use the database.

The training course will be implemented in three days starting November 17, 2012 and ending December 1, 2012.


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