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Chief Justice Says 3,000 Judges Announced Verdicts On 3.4 Million Cases In 2018

'There are certain laws which need to be revisited including anti-terrorism act'

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ISLAMABAD: Up to 3,000 judges issued verdicts on 3.4 million cases in 2018 in the country, said Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Saturday.

Speaking at a conference at Federal Judcial Academy Islamabad, Justice Khosa said in United States, United Kingdom and other countries a time is fixed for cases.

“In a year, the Supreme Court of US and UK announced the verdict of 100 cases, while the Supreme Court of Pakistan announced verdicts of 26,000 cases.”

“As many 3,000 judges announced verdicts on 3.4 million cases last year,” CJP said.

“The initiative of model courts has been taken in order to ensure delivery of expeditious justice to the people. It is the responsibility of every organ of the state to work towards the provision of speedy and inexpensive justice to the masses.”

The top judge further said that dispensing justice had been my purpose ever since he became a judge.

“Time should be fixed for cases according to the judicial policy. Every possible step should be taken to remove the postponement in cases. We have tried to impress upon the police to ensure that investigations are completed within the given time frame and then challans are timely presented before the courts.”

Justice Khosa was of the view that there are certain laws which need to be revisited including anti-terrorism act.

Appreciating the performance of judges of model courts, he said the model trial courts will not grant adjournments in order to ensure timely conclusion of cases.

The CJP further said that by fixing a time it will be easier to get justice. “If the lawyer cannot be present his junior will be appointed, if the plaintiff is not present an alternative way will be found. We will ensure chemical examiners and forensic authorities submit the report in a fixed time,” he said.

The top judge added, no amendments were presented in the parliament to make the judicial policy better.

“The parliament and the executive should work towards bringing improvement in the justice system,” Mr Khosa said.

SOURCE: AGENCIES