According to section 12-A of the West Pakistan Family Courts Act, 1964, a family judge is bound to decide a family case within 6 months from the date of its institution. There is use of word "shall" in the statute which means that the judge doesn't have discretionary powers to linger on a family case.
If a family judge lingers on a family case for more than six months without any just reasons, a remedy gets created for the litigants. The litigants can approach the High Court under the provisions of section 12-A of the West Pakistan Family Courts Act, 1964 for redressal of their grievance.
A practice is that the litigants generally gets direction from High Court for day to day proceeding in such matters for disposal of the family case.
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Salman Yousaf Khan (Golra)
International Family Lawyer