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Posted On: 17 July 2014 12:55 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:51 pm

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The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani yesterday chaired the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Emiri Diwan.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud said the Cabinet took measures to issue a draft law to pass a law on court proceedings in family matters after it reviewed recommendations of the Advisory Council.

According to the law, court sessions in family issues are to be secret while rulings are given in open sessions.

In the context of building up proceedings of the rule, the court is entitled to enlighten opponents about requirements of a proper functioning of the case, and give them time to put forward their defence. It may delegate a member of the counselling and family reconciliation office to submit a report on the case or a certain aspect of it.

The court can the office to reach a settlement to the conflict through reconciliation. The court in charge of family cases at the Court of First Instance or the Court of Cassation is to hear cases according to conditions on issues related to self-jurisdiction and mandate money, endowment and inheritance.

The law explains how to file lawsuits, methods of proof and implementation of decisions and rulings.

The Cabinet approved a draft law amending some provisions of the traffic law No. 19 of 2007.

It also approved a draft decision by the Interior Minister, amending some provisions of traffic law regulations issued by the minister’s decision No. 6 of 2010.

The Cabinet gave the green light to a draft decision by the minister, amending some provisions of decision No. 19 of 2007 on defining fees for the ministry services and certificates it issues.

The session then approved a draft law on regulating study missions and draft decision on issuing regulations of the law.

The draft law includes provisions related to objectives and types of study missions, the formation and powers of the mission’ committee, terms and conditions of being part of a mission, rights and obligations of scholars, ending missions and school holidays.

The Cabinet approved its draft decision on the reformation of the committee on aquatic living resources, responsible for developing and promoting the fishing sector to contribute to achieving food security, and preserving and developing aquatic living resources. The panel is based at the Ministry of Environment.

According to the decision, the committee comprises the assistant undersecretary for agriculture, livestock and fisheries as chairman, the head of the Fisheries Department as vice-chairman members from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Ministry of Transport, Qatar University and Central Municipal Council, along with four representatives of fishermen to picked by the Minister of Environment. The Cabinet also approved the Minister of Transport’s decision on reconciliation in violations related to maritime transport and marine systems.

It also approved to add to National Committee for Traffic Safety a representative from the Ministry of Transport and Qatar Petroleum.

It endorsed addition of a representative from the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to the Permanent Population Committee.

The Cabinet approved to add a representative of the Foreign Ministry as member of the committee responsible for carrying out GCC Supreme Council’s joint work-related decisions.

It approved the application of provisions of Law No. 24 of 2002 on retirement and pensions for Qatari employees of Sidra Medical and Research Centre.

It reviewed recommendations of the Advisory Council in relation to Qatar’s comprehensive urban plan, and decided to submit them to authorities for views.

The Cabinet took the appropriate decisions on a memo from the Minister of Public Health on the outcome of the 67th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May; a letter by the Minister of Economy and Commerce on results of the 49th meeting of GCC commercial cooperation committee in Kuwait in May; and a letter by the Minister of Energy and Industry, also Chairman of Permanent Water Resources Committee, on the first quarterly report of the committee in 2014.