Backlog of cases: Lack of resources delays speedy justice: SC judge

Published: February 22, 2016
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Justice Dost Muhammad highlights issues affecting judiciary. PHOTO: FILE

Justice Dost Muhammad highlights issues affecting judiciary. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The gap between the workload and the financial resources, the changing nature of legal proceedings and infrastructural needs are essential problems facing the judiciary and adversely affecting the speedy dispensation of justice, says a Supreme Court judge.

“Access to inexpensive and expeditious justice is a fundamental right of the citizens,” SC senior judge Dost Muhammad Khan said while addressing the closing ceremony of a one-week training course for additional district and sessions judges at the Federal Judicial Academy here on Saturday, according to a press release.

He said governments were under an obligation to improve access to justice and provide the adequate funds to the judiciary so that courts are not undermined by a constant lack of resources in dispensing quick justice to the people.

“Unnecessary delays in finalizing cases, unwarranted and unsubstantiated court orders, poorly considered judgments, growing moral bankruptcy in society and other challenges have devastating effects on the lives of the people and put a strain on state resources too,” Justice Khan said.

He said that this also had a negative impact on the lives of the people.

Academy’s Director-General Fakhar Hayat said that there was always more to learn and the academy has been trying its best to improve the professional skills of the participants during such training, along with their knowledge.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd,  2016.

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