Some syariah courts in Pahang allowed to hear urgent cases during MCO

Wan Rosdy said sanitising work would be carried out at the premises to ensure safety. - Filepic

KUANTAN: Syariah courts in five Pahang districts are now allowed to sit for urgent cases during the movement control order (MCO).

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said certificate of urgency would only be issued under strict conditions for urgent cases.

Registration for these certificates in the Syariah High Court and Lower Court would be handled by the registrar or the assistant registrar.

Wan Rosdy said parties involved could contact the officer in charge as stated in the Pahang Syariah Judiciary Department website and Facebook page, with the rest of the process being conducted through WhatsApp or email.

The courts involved are the Syariah High Courts and Lower Courts in Kuantan, Temerloh and Bentong and the Lower Courts in Pekan and Rompin.

The courts would be hearing three cases a day from 9am to noon, Monday to Thursday only.

Court officials, syariah judges and related parties must be in good health, wash their hands with soap or use hand sanitiser at the entrance, said Wan Rosdy.

They must also have their temperatures checked, wear face mask and practice social distancing of 1m, including in the courtroom.

Sanitising work would be carried out at the premises.

Children and family members would not be allowed to attend the court proceedings.

Wan Rosdy said cases that would be allowed during the MCO were divorce confirmation cases for couples who wish to reconcile, child and spousal support, child custody, application for legal guardianship and permission for underage marriage.

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