By the Goa, Daman and Diu Administration Act, the Parliament of India maintained that all Portuguese laws would remain in force in Goa, Daman and Diu before its liberation until amended or repealed by the competent legislature or other competent authority. Among these laws, the family laws relating to marriage, divorce and children, are still in force.
The text thereof is in Portuguese which created difficulty in the administration of justice for the members of the Bench and Bar not conversant with the Portuguese language and laws. and therefore a translation was required.
The purpose of translation was two-fold: First, to facilitate the administration of justice by those who are not conversant by the Portuguese language and laws, and, second, to make know the set-up of Family Laws in force in this territory (of Goa) to the rest of India.