No. S 215
Women’s Charter
(Chapter 353)
Women’s Charter (Matrimonial Proceedings) (Amendment) Rules 1997
In exercise of the powers conferred on us by section 139 of the Women’s Charter, we, the Judges of the Supreme Court, hereby make the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Women’s Charter (Matrimonial Proceedings) (Amendment) Rules 1997 and shall come into operation on 1st May 1997.
Amendment of rule 4
2.  Rule 4 of the Women’s Charter (Matrimonial Proceedings) Rules (R 4) (referred to in these Rules as the principal Rules) is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “, nullity of marriage or jactitation” in paragraph (1) and substituting the words “or nullity of marriage”; and
(b)by deleting paragraph (3).
Amendment of rule 11
3.  Rule 11 of the principal Rules is amended by inserting, immediately after the word “with” in the second line, the words “or service has been dispensed with under rule 12A”.
New rule 12A
4.  The principal Rules are amended by inserting, immediately after rule 12, the following rule:
Dispensation with service
12A.—(1)  The Court may, in an appropriate case, dispense with the service of any petition, originating summons, summons or other document on any person.
(2)  When an order is made under paragraph (1) that the service of a document be dispensed with, that document shall for the purposes of these Rules be deemed to have been duly served.”.
Amendment of rule 33
5.  Rule 33 of the principal Rules is amended by deleting paragraph (1).
Amendment of rule 37
6.  Rule 37 (1) of the principal Rules is amended by deleting the words “assets acquired during the marriage” in sub-paragraph (b) and substituting the words “matrimonial assets”.
Deletion of rule 38
7.  Rule 38 of the principal Rules is deleted.
Amendment of First Schedule
8.  The First Schedule to the principal Rules is amended —
(a)by deleting Form 3; and
(b)by inserting, immediately after sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph 7 in Form 7, the following sub-paragraph:
(c)Maintenance for the children.”.
Amendment of Second Schedule
9.  The Second Schedule to the principal Rules is amended —
(a)by deleting the words “other than a petition for jactitation of marriage” in paragraph 1;
(b)by deleting sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph 1; and
(c)by deleting sub-paragraph (ii) of paragraph 1(g) and substituting the following sub-paragraph:
(ii)in the case of each child above the age of 21 years, whether he is receiving instruction at an educational establishment or undergoing training for a trade, profession or vocation and whether he is suffering from a mental or physical disability and whether he is or will be serving full-time national service;”.
(d)by deleting paragraph 4.
Made this 28th day of April 1997.
YONG PUNG HOW
Chief Justice.
LAI SIU CHIU
Judge
JUDITH PRAKASH
Judge
[SubC 8/96; AG/SL/24/95]
(To be presented to Parliament under section 139(4) of the Women’s Charter).