ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday ordered establishment of special cells in the Supreme Court and high courts to receive complaints of overseas Pakistanis for redressal of their grievances. The CJP justice asked the high court chief justices to come up with concrete proposals to minimize delays in litigation.
He was chairing marathon meetings of the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC) and the Governing Body, Access to Justice Development Fund (AJDF).
The chief justice took serious notice of delay in completion of the Islamabad Jail project and critically reviewed performance of special courts / tribunals and showed displeasure on huge backlog and slow pace of disposal of cases in such courts.
Meetings of these bodies were held after a gap of years. In his introductory remarks, the CJP stated that the judiciary was an important pillar of the state. The other pillars i.e. executive and legislature were also equally important for existence of any state. In modern world, there was no concept of a state without existence of any of the three important organs, he added.
He emphasized that for an expeditious dispensation of justice, the development and reformation of laws is crucial. The LJCP, he said, was a forum which was primarily mandated to review on a continuing systematic basis the statutes and other laws of the country for their reformation.
“With the passage of time laws become redundant and many statutes, which are part of our statute books need reformation. For this purpose, we have to revamp the LJCP for effectively implementing its mandate.”
He asked the high court chief justices suggest ways and means to bring the LJCP in line with its objective. The CJP observed that there was a general perception that justice was not being provided to the common person and the judiciary should dispel that perception and make efforts to restore the credibility of justice system by improving its service delivery and expeditious dispensation of justice.
The meeting of the Governing Body, AJDF was attended by Justice MianShakirullah Jan, former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan/Member Lawand Justice Commission of Pakistan and Chairman Rules Committee Access to Justice Development Fund (AJDF) and other members Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, Chief Justice, Islamabad High Court, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Justice Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh, Justice Yahya Afridi Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court, Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai Chief Justice, High Court of Balochistan, Tariq Bajwa Secretary, Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance, Karamat Hussain Niazi, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice and Arbab Muhammad Arif, Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan / Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan.
The meeting of the NJPMC was attended by Justice Sh. Najam ul Hassan designated Chief Justice of the Federal Sharait Court and high court chief justices.
The AJDF Governing Body accorded approval for release of fund to the High Court of Sindh for executing special projects in the designated underdeveloped areas.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan urged that this important resource should be utilized for optimum benefit of the underdeveloped areas.
The AJDF Governing Body also approved the proposal of releasing funds to the District Legal Empowerment Committees (DLECs) established in 106 districts across the country for provision of free legal aid to the deserving litigants, who, despite having genuine cause, are unable to pursue their cases in the courts. The CJP requested the chief justices of the respective high courts to urge the district judiciary to utilize this valuable resource for its specified purposes.
The Governing Body, AJDF allowed the Secretariat of LJCP to launch the 10thphase of the AJDF inviting project proposals aimed at legal empowerment of the poor and underprivileged segments of the society. The Governing Body, ADJF approved the Mobile Training Project of the Federal Judicial Academy for funding and reconstituted the Technical Evaluation Committee a body mandated to review and recommend projects for funding under the AJDF. The Chief Justice of Pakistan stated that good decisions if not implemented properly are meaningless; therefore, being heads of the judiciary this is our responsibility to implement all decisions ambitiously with passion.
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