Tuesday, August 4, 2009

No compromise on verdicts: Cheif Justice

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Monday said that National Judicial Policy (NJP) would be vigorously implemented despite shortage of required funds.
Chairing a full court meeting at the Supreme Court building, the Chief Justice said that pending cases were being disposed of expeditiously, however, no compromise would be made on the standard of judgements. The aim of the meeting was to review progress over the implementation of the NJP.
The Chief Justice said that public confidence in judiciary had enhanced and judiciary, in return, would strive further to retain the confidence.
The full court meeting discussed and deliberated over a number of issues and it was decided that disposal rate of cases would be enhanced through discouraging adjournment and all energies would be put together to achieve the purpose. “Adjournments would only be granted in extraordinary situations with pressing reasons,” it was decided.
The meeting decided to devise policy of imposing cost to discourage the culture of frivolous and false cases and penalty would be imposed against persons lodging such cases. Categorisation of cases as per subject matter, both in the criminal as well as in the civil matters, would be carried out and certain categories would be given priority. Special benches would be constituted for hearing the cases continuously for some weeks, the meeting decided.
The formation of committees to monitor the functioning of Anti-Terrorist Courts in the light of Sh Liaquat Hussain’s Case was also discussed and Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday and Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, one for each province, were nominated for the purpose.

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