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Nepal: Fast-Track Courts Ordered for Cases Involving Women, Children

(Feb. 24, 2010) On February 23, 2010, Nepal's Supreme Court made public a judgment that mandates the establishment by government authorities of a system of fast-track courts for cases involving women and children. To that end, those authorities – the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Ministry of Home Affairs – must prepare a study of the human resources, physical structures, and other prerequisites necessary for creation of the courts and also promulgate relevant laws within six months of the study's completion, so that the courts can be launched. (SC Asks Govt to Set Up Courts for Women, Kids, THE HIMALAYAN TIMES, Feb. 23, 2010, available at

In the Court's opinion, although the Domestic Violence Crime and Punishment Act, 2009 provides for in-camera hearings of cases related to women and children, “this is insufficient when it comes to protecting the rights of the women and children as cases related to them tend to be the most sensitive of all the cases.” Therefore, “fast-track courts will be most appropriate.” (Id.; art. 7, Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act 2066 – Unofficial Translation, NEPAL GAZETTE, Saathi Nepal website,
(last visited Feb. 23, 2010) [cached version of Google search result for the Act].)