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Children’s Court gets first full-time judge, a decade after formation

PANAJI: A decade after it was established, the Children’s Court in the state has now received a full-time judge.  Judge Vandana Prabhu Tendulkar has been appointed as the full-time special judge for the Children’s Court in Panaji.
The notification in this regard was recently issued by the state’s law department, which said that on the recommendation of the High Court of Bombay at Goa, the government of Goa is pleased to appoint V M Prabhu Tendulkar, district judge-3 and additional sessions judge, as the full-time special judge for the Children’s Court, Panaji, with immediate effect.
The newly appointed judge has joined her duties from this month. The Children’s Court was established in 2004 and the state has only one such court, which is flooded with too
many cases.
Recently during the assembly session, Women and Child Development Minister Dilip Parulekar had informed the House that the government has taken up the matter regarding the appointment of a presiding judge for the Children’s Court on full-time basis with the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
There was a long-pending demand of NGOs for a full-time judge for the Children’s Court, while the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) had also demanded it. In its report, the GSCPCR had said that the Children’s Court in the state needed a permanent
full-time judge.

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