CJP Saqib-led body issues new policy guidelines for speedy justice

  • District judiciary directed to issue verdict in 30 days after hearing arguments

ISLAMABAD – The National Judicial policymaking Committee has issued latest guidelines, aim at eliminating hurdles in cases and settling pending cases in order to ensure swift justice to people of Pakistan.

Under the new guidelines, the body headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, directed the high courts not to reserve the judgments for more than three months, besides directing the district courts to issue a verdict within thirty days after hearing the arguments. The new rules, which were reported by The News reporter Ansar Abbasi, make the courts bound to decide the stay orders, rent and other such kinds of cases within six months.

The committee in its last meeting in Karachi also decided to introduce technology in courts in order to get rid of the backlog, besides improving the system of serving notices and summons. The next meeting for further deliberations will be held on Feb 3.

The reporter quoting sources said the meeting was held on January 13 where the participants also agreed to introduce special courts for specific cases. It also emphasised a need to adopt alternative measures for resolving general public disputes.

The judicial policymaking body also directed all sections of the judiciary to trace and address the problems, hampering early disposal of cases.

It urged trial courts to issue verdicts in the cases in accordance with the law in order to decrease work pressure on higher courts.

The committee also urged the parliament to upgrade the laws according to present needs for ensuring speedy justice.