ISLAMABAD:(APS)A Meeting of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) was held today under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman, LJCP to consider different issues related to the administration of justice in the country.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Salman Aslam Butt Attorney General for Pakistan,
Mr. Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, Mr. Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Mr. Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan, Mr. Justice Faisal Arab Chief Justice High Court of Sindh, Mr. Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik Chief Justice Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice (R) Muhammad Raza Khan, Secretary Ministry of Law, Justice & Human Rights and Mr. Mohammed Sarwar Khan Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP).
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Arif Hussain Khilji former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Riaz Ahmed Advocate Supreme Court who are non-official members of the Commission.
The Commission reviewed the statistics of complaints received and decided against the judicial officers and court staff for the charges of maladministration, corruption and misconduct. The Commission also reviewed the existing monitoring mechanism and resolved that there is need to conduct diagnostic studies, formulate M & E frameworks and automation of justice sector to improve the quality of justice delivery and strengthening the monitoring mechanism. The Attorney General for Pakistan agreed to support the LJCP in conducting diagnostic studies.
The Commission also reviewed the role of inspection judges, members inspection team (MIT) and district & sessions judges (DSJs) with regard to the monitoring the performance of subordinate courts. The Hon’ble Chairman observed that the inspection judges have critical role to ensure dispensation of quality justice, therefore, they should hold monthly meetings with the district and sessions judges to share their experiences for strengthening the monitoring and supervision of subordinate courts. The Hon’ble Chairman asked the High Courts to devise monitoring and evaluation frameworks for strengthening the functioning of DSJs, MITs and inspection judges.
The Commission also reviewed the datasets for monitoring the performance of courts and statistics gathered. After critical analysis the Commission resolved that since the datasets do not capture the processes therefore the same may be revised to monitor the performance of the justice sector.
The Commission also reviewed the existing unit policy for measuring the performance of judicial officers. To discourage institution of false and frivolous litigation, the Commission recommended that some units be assigned for disposal of cases relating to perjury and fabrication of documents.
The Commission suggested that the budgetary allocation for research related activities of the LJCP be enhanced to support quality research. The Commission recommended that the Government may provide supplementary grant for carrying out research activities.
The Commission also considered the proposal for facilitating the overseas Pakistanis to record their statements through video conferencing in court proceedings and e-filing their cases. After deliberations, the Commission asked the Attorney General for Pakistan to identify laws which require amendments for consideration of the Commission.
The Commission reviewed the performance of LJCP, in particular the support extended to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in matters of public importance.