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Dated: 20-September-2014

Today, a meeting of the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC) was held in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Nasir ul Mulk, Chief Justice of Pakistan / Chairman, NJPMC. In his introductory remarks the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan stated that the major challenge being faced by the Judiciary is to tackle increasing litigation, therefore, Judiciary must adopt proactive approach to decide cases expeditiously. He stressed for revisiting the strategies to make them responsive to meet the challenge of ever growing litigation.

The meeting was attended by Hon'ble Mr. Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza, Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court, Mr. Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar, Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh, Mr. Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Chief Justice Peshawar High Court, Mr. Justice Kh. Imtiaz Ahmad, Chief Justice Lahore High Court and Mr. Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mengal, Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan. Raja Akhlaq Hussain, Secretary, NJPMC and the Registrars of the superior courts also attended the meeting.

Mr. Justice Mohammad Azam Khan, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir,
Mr. Justice Rana Muhammad Arshad Khan, Chief Judge, Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan.
Mr. Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, Chief Justice High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and
Mr. Justice Sahib Khan, Chief Judge, Chief Court, Gilgit-Baltistan also attended the meeting on special invitation.

The Committee reviewed the performance of district judiciary with reference to disposal of cases. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan observed that since it has been more than two years when National Judicial Policy was revised, therefore, it needs to be revisited to further improve the performance of justice system. He desired that in this regard the Hon’ble Chief Justices of the High Courts may make recommendations for consideration of NJPMC.

The Committee also reviewed the implementation status of its recommendations regarding allocation of additional funds to strengthen district judiciary in terms of human resource and infrastructure. The Committee recommended that the process of recruitment against the sanctioned posts may be completed as early as possible.

The Hon’ble Chief Justices of AJK and Gilgit - Baltistan informed the meeting that shortage of judges and lack of proper infrastructure is adversely affecting the performance of Judiciary in AJ & K and requested the Committee to make recommendations for strengthening the Judiciary in terms of human resource and infrastructure. After deliberations, the Committee recommended to the Government for allocation of funds for strengthening the Judiciary of AJ & K and Gilgit – Baltistan.

The Committee also considered the complaints of District Attorneys regarding their deficient service structure and disparity in pay and allowances and made recommendations to the Provincial Governments for improving their service structure.

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