Promoting an understanding of Islam that recognises the principles of
justice, equality, freedom, and dignity within a democratic nation state

Introduced in November 2006, the Court Watch programme seeks to monitor court proceedings in order to identify the problems women encounter within the system. Through Court Watch, SIS plans to compile the documentation necessary to propose changes to legislation and court procedure, and to ensure that judges, lawyers, guardians and psychologists execute their duties in a professional and gender-sensitive manner.

The Court Watch programme is supported by pupils-in chambers and volunteers who monitor and document the proceedings and processes of the Syariah courts. Besides gathering crucial data, the programme also exposes legal students to the realities women face in the Syariah courts.

SIS plans to analyse the compiled data and highlight the outcomes of the monitoring efforts. It will widely circulate positive court judgments and practices in the expectation that greater public attention will promote a better understanding of, and better practices within, the Syariah courts.

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