NJPMC directs to appoint judges in special courts, tribunals

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STAFF REPORT

ISLAMABAD

The National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) Monday directed appointment of judges for the special courts and tribunals.

The NJPMC met on Monday under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa in Islamabad.

The meeting also gave direction to appoint judges on vacant posts in the lower courts.

The committee recommended that the In-charge of the investigation of each Police Station shall be responsible for production of all witnesses (except medical witnesses) and case property.

The meeting also observed that the statements of witnesses could also be recorded through video link in model courts. The model courts would not reserve decisions more than a day.

The law commission secretary informed the committee that the courts disposed of 3.486 million cases during last year.

He said as many as 10.89 million new cases were administered in the courts during last five years while 10.882 million cases were disposed of during the same period.

He said the pending cases were reduced from 1.870 million to 1.725 million cases.

The meeting informed that a monitoring and evaluation cell under the supervision of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to oversee the execution of the initiative would be set-up.

It was further informed that initially old murder/narcotics cases would be assigned to the Model Courts and qualified and dedicated staff would be provided to the Model Courts.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan stated that under Article 37 (d) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the provision of expeditious and inexpensive justice is ensured, therefore, in-line with the said Constitutional mandate ‘Expeditious Justice Initiative’ model courts would be established at district level throughout the Country which would conduct the trials on day to day and continuous basis.

The progress of the said initiative would be reviewed after every two months.

CJP stated that the concept of model courts was earlier introduced in Punjab with successful results and which model could be adopted throughout the Country and through which trials may be concluded within few days.