Grouping Family and Criminal Courts is Problematic

Grouping Family and Criminal Courts is Problematic

In an interview for Alraya Newspaper,Mohammed Al-Ansari, the Managing Partner of Al-Ansari & Associates and the Secretary General of the Qatar Lawyers Association, confirmed the existence of a project to establish a court complex as early as 1996, however that for unknown reasons it has yet to be commenced.

Mr. Al-Ansari stated that, "the existing infrastructure lacks parking, is outdated and wastes time due to the various locations that the different courts are located in. It is clear that grouping the courts in one complex is going to resolve many of the issues lawyers and relevant parties are currently facing.”

He added, “currently the Ministry of Communications and Transport is working on transforming the courts’ system into a paperless system, which is set to be completed in three years as per the information provided to us by the Ministry. Such project is going to facilitate the flow of work and will enable certain services to be provided electronically.”

Mr. Al-Ansari explained that the main problem lawyers face can be resolved through setting up an integrated complex of courts to include all courts, prosecution, the Qatar Lawyers Association and all related facilities required for such public complex. Furthermore, the current grouping of the criminal court and the family court in one building is dangerous and negatively impacts parents and children who are the main subjects of the family court.

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