Edo judiciary inaugurates family court for child rights law

The Edo State judiciary has inaugurated a family court to exclusively handle matters pertaining to child abuse in compliance with the law.The state Child Rights Bill was passed into law in 2007 and was assented to by former Governor Oserhiemen Osunbor.


The court is constituted by a sitting judge or magistrate and two assessors who are to be sworn-in by the chief judge of the state. In his speech, the out-going Chief Judge of the state, Justice Cromwell Idahosa, said the Child Rights Act extensively caters for the interest and rights of the child, adding that the family court would have exclusive jurisdiction to handle all matters pertaining to children in both civil and criminal matters.

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