CJP announces to set up ‘model courts’ in every district for speedy disposal of justice

Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa has announced to set up model courts in every district to conduct daily trials for speedy disposal of justice. This has been done to reduce the massive backlog of cases.

The significant announcement was made during a meeting between NJPMC (National Judicial Policy Making Committee) at the prestigious Supreme Court building. The meeting was headed by honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan himself and was attended by chief justices of the Federal Shariat Court and high courts.

In the meeting, CJP explained Article 37 (d) of the Constitution, that speaks for every citizen’s right to inexpensive and expeditious justice. Under the light of this particular article, honourable Justice Asif Saeed decided to establish model trial courts in every district to conduct daily hearings and assure the prevalence of justice.

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 2) To ensure the timely conclusion of cases, model trial courts will not grant any adjournments.

3) The attendance of witnesses would be ensured through process servers for which SP-Investigation police officers of each district will act as a focal person liaising with the process servers. A process server is a person who serves legal documents (summons) to someone involved in a court case.
(a)* SP-Investigation officers will also be responsible for the production of all witnesses (except medical witnesses) and case property (evidence). CJP Khosa said for the timely production of medical witnesses (those who have serious health complications and cannot appear before the courts), the secretaries of the relevant health departments would be approached. 

4) A monitoring and evaluation cell under the supervision of CJP or chairman NJPMC will oversee the workings of the model trial courts. The performance of these courts would be reviewed every two months. (via DAWN)He additionally added that initially murder and narcotics cases will be assigned to these courts. Dr Mohammad Raheem Awan, Secretary NJPMC, also briefed that a total number of 614,307 cases under section 22 A/22 B CrPC were filed in the district judiciary throughout the country between Jan 1, 2017, to Feb 28, 2019. During the same time, 47,029 cases under similar provisions were filed in the high courts.

The meeting also discussed about 438 posts which are lying vacant in special courts and administrative tribunals.

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