Alimony claims and child custody cases in the Federal Territories Syariah Court (MSWP) are expected to be resolved within six months through a special programme, and with the establishment of the Enforcement and Implementation of Order Division.
Malaysian Syariah Judiciary Department director-general Mohd Na'im Mokhtar said compliance with the orders issued could also be enhanced through the creation of the division that acts to monitor, enforce and execute orders.
Na'im said the programme implementation would use existing provisions under the Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993, the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 and Syariah Court Civil Procedure (Federal Territories) Act 1998.
"Two key elements in this programme are to shorten the duration of the cases, and to increase the level of compliance with each order issued by the Syariah Court.
"Both elements will add value and give a positive perception of the judicial services in the Syariah Court.
"At the same time, it will greatly benefit the Muslim community in Malaysia, particularly in the Federal Territories," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.
The programme, which was approved in the cabinet meeting on May 8, focuses on improving the management of registration and handling of child custody and alimony claim cases, enforcement, and implementation of orders.
This will be carried out through the creation of two Syariah High Courts branches (Child Custody and Alimony Division) and two Syariah Subordinate Courts (Alimony Division), as well as the Enforcement and Implementation of Order Division at MSWP.
The programme, which costs RM3 million, include expenses on modifications, logistics and information technology equipment costing RM1 million, and RM2 million for 32 new emoluments expenditure.