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New Point Branch Family Court opened
​New Point Branch Family Court opened​
In an effort to take justice to the people, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola and eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda officially opened the Point Branch Court on 26 March.

The court will provide family law services. It will also be instrumental in tackling the scourge of gender-based violence. The Family Court was previously housed at the Durban Magistrates Court. 

The new court, situated at 99 Shepstone Road in Durban, opposite the Transnet Terminal, will offer integrated services. Family court services comprise of domestic violence, maintenance, children’s court and protection from harassment and will now be provided at the new state-of-the-art family and child friendly facility.

The move comes at an opportune time as the Department of Justice and Correctional Services strives to best manage the protocols on entry into courthouses during the Covid-19 pandemic. The move of the family law services to the Point Court will ease the foot traffic into the Durban Magistrates Court.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Lamola said: “This is a great initiative by the department, that a court of this nature has been opened. It is a first-generation smart court that enables people to apply online for domestic violence protection orders and maintenance applications.”

He said the court was a pilot that would be rolled out throughout the country.
“It also allows victims who don’t want to testify in front of a perpetrator or suspect to do so from the any other room on the premises,” he added.

Mayor Kaunda applauded the initiative by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services. 

“The public, especially women and children, will access court services for the protection of their human rights,” he said.
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