LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani has said that constitutionally provision of inexpensive and expeditious justice is the foremost responsibility of the state but the Judiciary is also equally responsible to deliver speedy justice which is essaintial for rule of law in the society.
Addressing a meeting of the National Judicial Policy Making Committee here on Saturday, the Chief Justice said that it was the responsibility of the judiciary to perform well under the constitution.
The government was asked to increase the number of judges in the courts facilitating the dispensation of justice on a fast track and at a low cost, Chief Justice of Pakistan said, underlining the need of strengthening of judicial institutions and judges in the country.
He further said that NJPMC provided a permanent forum for interaction and coordination among the Chief Justices of the High Courts of the country to harmonize the judicial policy with in the court system for improving the capacity and performance of the justice system in the country.
In line with its objective the committee embarked on the path of reforming the administration of justice and took important decisions including the formulations of National Judicial Policy, CJP said adding that disposal of all old case by the district judiciary and ever institutions of new cases speaks about the success of these initiatives.
The Committee also considered different suggestions regarding expeditious disposal of cases of Overseas Pakistanis. The Chief Justice Jillani observed that the overseas Pakistanis are contributing in the socio political and economic development of the country through remittances and are our ambassadors but unfortunately due to weak law and order situation and tedious procedures they have to face difficulties in pursuing their cases in the homeland.
Realizing the difficulties of expatriate Pakistanis, CJ added that a Wing in the Human Right Cell of Supreme Court Pakistan has been established to entertain their complaints of overseas Pakistanis for quick relief.
The Committee reviewed the performance of district judiciary with reference to old cases (i.e. cases instituted upto 31st December, 2011) and noted that the district judiciary has decided good number of cases. The Chairman appreciated the judicial officers and observed that it all happened due to their whole hearted efforts.
The Committee also reviewed the implementation status of its recommendations regarding allocation of additional funds to strengthen district judiciary in terms of human resource and infrastructure. The Committee condemned the incident took place in the Islamabad District Courts where precious lives were lost and courts are dysfunctional since then.
The Committee recommended for immediate shifting of courts and asked the Government to house the courts in a secure and gated premises so that courts could perform their functions in a peaceful environment.
The Chief Justice of AJK informed the meeting that the buildings of Supreme Court and High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir at Muzaffarabad were badly damaged in the earthquake of 2005 but due to lukewarm response of government, the courts are functioning in the depilated buildings despite of the fact that the Building Department of AJK in its three reports has declared both the buildings unfit for use. The Chairman took serious note of the situation and asked the relevant Government for reconstruction of buildings.
The Committee also considered different suggestions regarding expeditious disposal of cases of Overseas Pakistanis.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan observed that the overseas Pakistanis are contributing in the socio political and economic development of the country through remittances and are our ambassadors but unfortunately due to weak law and order situation and tedious procedures they have to face difficulties in pursuing their cases in the homeland.
Realizing the difficulties of expatriate Pakistanis, a Wing in the
Human Right Cell of Supreme Court Pakistan has been established to entertain their complaints for quick relief.
The D.G Human Rights Cell, Supreme Court of Pakistan briefed the meeting about the working of Cell. The Committee was informed that the courts have been directed to decide all such civil cases within a period of six months in which an expatriate Pakistani is a party.
After deliberations, the Committee recommended the Government to consider desirability of establishment of separate Police Stations preferably at divisional levels to entertain complaints of the expatriate Pakistanis.
The Committee also recommended that help lines may be established in each High Court to provide legal assistance to overseas Pakistanis and awareness about remedies available under laws.
The meeting was briefed about the working of Mobile Courts established in the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for expeditious justice by resolving disputes at local level through Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism. The Committee appreciated the innovated approach and termed it a unique experience in Pakistan.
The Secretary, Law and Justice Commission informed the meeting that pursuant to decision of Full Court of the Supreme Court of Pakistan an International Judicial Conference is being organized on 18-19 April, 2014. The meeting was informed that to make the event meaningful and result oriented, Chief Justices, Judges and jurists from other jurisdictions have been invited. In addition, renowned jurists/scholars have been requested for presenting papers on the selected topics in the Conference.
The Committee appreciated the idea and observed that previously such events proved fruitful and provided opportunity to evolve strategies for improving the performance of administration of justice.
The Committee also considered the complaints of District Attorneys regarding their deficient service structure and non-availability of promotion venues beyond BPS-19.
After deliberations, the Committee referred the matter to Provincial Governments for improving the service structure of District Attorneys.
The meeting was attended by Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Chief Justice Lahore High Court, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Chief Justice High Court of Sindh and Justice Mian Fasih-ul-Mulk, Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, members of the Committee.
Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, Justice Mohammad Azam Khan, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Rana Muhammad Arshad Khan, Chief Judge, Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan, Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, Chief Justice, High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Justice Sahib Khan, Chief Judge, Chief Court of Gilgit-Baltistan will also attended the meeting on special invitation.