Protest towards judges’ elevation uncalled for: CJP


ISLAMABAD:

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed mentioned on Monday that the protest organised by the lawyer group on September 9 towards the appointment of junior judges to the Supreme Court (SC) was “uncalled for”.

The chief justice made these remarks whereas addressing a ceremony to mark the beginning of the brand new judicial yr. The high choose mentioned that the SC and superior judiciary was open to talks with legal professionals to chalk out an efficient and goal standards for the elevation of judges to the highest court docket.

CJP Gulzar mentioned regardless that he was “always” prepared to satisfy the representatives of the lawyer group for an amicable answer to their issues, this time nobody approached him concerning the appointment of judges.

He went on to say that he puzzled what was the motive behind the legal professionals’ agitation on SC premises final week.

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The two main pillars of the judiciary, the bench and the bar have been drifting aside following variations over the appointment of judges to the apex court docket.

The CJP mentioned that there was a rise within the “pendency of cases” because of coronavirus, including that the judges “spent a major part of the year trying to implement plan of action to deal with this problem”.

“In addressing this problem, my brother judges and the staff of this court have provided full support and cooperation and worked with dedication and zeal to ensure the provision of justice,” the highest choose added.

E-courts

The CJP mentioned that e-courts proved helpful in addressing issues confronted by litigants and events to the case. “In the previous judicial year 2019-2020, one of the main reasons we identified for the backlog of cases was adjournments given to advocates who were unable to reach Islamabad due to various reasons,” he added.

“The video-link facility has played an active and key part in ensuring the smooth operation of our judicial functions throughout the pandemic and has prevented unnecessary adjournments,” the CJP added.

Backlog

At the beginning of the earlier judicial yr, a complete of 45,644 instances have been pending, whereas 20,910 contemporary instances have been instituted, the CJP mentioned.

During the outgoing judicial yr, the court docket determined 12,968 instances, together with 6,797 Civil petitions, 1,916 civil appeals, 459 civil assessment petitions, 2,625 legal petitions, 681 legal appeals, 37 legal assessment petitions and 100 legal unique petitions.

“I may mention here that during the previous judicial year, the court has to hear many cases involving constitutional interpretation and many larger benches were constituted for that purpose… it affected the overall disposal of regular petitions and appeals.”

Besides, the repeated waves of Covid additionally affected the speed of disposal of instances, he mentioned, including that “due to the said limitations” the variety of pending instances elevated barely.

The Human Rights Cell, established within the Supreme Court, has continued to perform. However, only a few new instances have been registered and an effort was made to repeatedly hear the pending instances and go applicable orders to guard the basic rights.

Administrative Issues

On Dec 23, 2020, the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee performed efficiency assessment of superior and district judiciaries concerning the pendency, establishment, and disposal of instances for 2020, in addition to evaluation of traits for pendency, establishment and disposal for the final 10 years.

“The Committee also reviewed the vacancy position in superior and district judiciary…and it recommended to take up the matter with the Peshawar High Court to increase the number of judges therein after the merger of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas.”

On Dec 24, 2020, a gathering of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan was held to assessment numerous proposed legislative reforms.

“The Commission reviewed the performance of the LJCP Secretariat, along with reports and research papers on various law reforms. I constituted several committees to evaluate the proposals and their workability,” he added.

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During the mentioned yr, the National Judicial Automation Unit (NJAU) was additionally established, Justice Gulzar Ahmed added.

“This Committee, under the Chairmanship of now Retired Justice Mushir Alam launched the National Online Dashboard (NOD) and the E-Case Information Management System (e-CIMS)” to facilitate the litigants, CJP Gulzar additional mentioned.

“The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan has constituted the District Legal Empowerment Committees (DLECs) to provide free legal aid to deserving litigants.”

“Until the end of [previous] judicial year, funds of Rs 64.2 million have been released to 124 DLECs constituted in four provinces and the federal capital,” the highest choose mentioned, including that 11 new DLECS have been established in Kurram, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Orakzai and Kolai Pallas.

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