Judicial system in need of revamp: CJP

KARACHI: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Saturday talked at length over the issues in dispensing of justice to the common man, saying the judicial system in the country needs a major overhaul.

Talking to media, Justice Nisar said that the judiciary is often blamed for delay in cases but there is more to the issue.

Judges, whether of the apex court of lower courts, have a lot of cases pending before them, which makes it extremely difficult to resolve them on time.

He added that provision of inexpensive justice to the people is necessary.

The chief justice had summoned a meeting today (Saturday) on reforms in the country’s judicial system, which will be attended by chief justices of all four high courts.

The meeting will be held in the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry.

Another meeting of the judicial reforms committee held on Thursday in the Supreme Court’s Islamabad registry was attended Justice Nisar, Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and other officials.

Justice Nisar in the meeting apprised the chief justice of steps taken for reforms in the Punjab’s judicial system. These included the use of advance technology, training of lower court judges on alternate methods for resolution of conflicts, and speedy hearing of cases. 

Justice Mansoor on January 8 had said that judicial reforms would be launched from next week, but warned that “nobody should say then that [the judiciary] is interfering or encroaching.�

He made the remarks while hearing a suo motu case regarding cutting of trees on Margalla Hills.

“Who is responsible for making laws around the world?� the CJP enquired from state Minister for Capital Administration Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry while hearing a case on the failure of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to develop rules and regulations.

“What reforms did the parliament introduce? We will bring reform in the judicial system,� the CJP remarked, adding that the reform would begin from next week.

“But this is not our job. Nobody should say then that we are interfering or encroaching,� CJP Nisar stated.

During the previous hearing of the case, CJP had remarked that “we are not fond of judicial activism in any way. But we will take action on negligence of duty at every cost. We are aware of our powers and we will not go beyond them.�