LAHORE: The Lahore High Court administration has asked district and sessions judges across the province to provide details of pending cases in their districts to chalk out a policy for their quick disposal.
An LHC official told The Tribune that the step had been taken to assess the number of cases pending with the subordinate courts and the factors delaying their disposal.
LHC Registrar Syed Khurshid Anwar Rizvi issued the circular to all district and sessions judges of the province, directing them to complete the task within a week. The registrar has also sent two case information forms (civil and criminal) to the judges, asking for details of the cases. The judges have been asked to fill the forms and send them to the LHC.
The registrar said if the judges had any questions, they could contact Justice Muhammad Kazim Raza by mobile phone, Justice Ayesha A Malik or Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah through the registrar. The circular said the judges may not make changes in any column of the forms.
For criminal cases, the LHC has sought information about titles, judges hearing them, FIR numbers, names of police stations where the complaint was registered, tehsils, offences, names of the complainants, CNIC numbers, mobile phone numbers of complainants, their addresses, names of their counsel and names, mobile numbers, names of the counsel for the defendants.
For civil cases, the LHC has asked for details about names of the court, institution date, names of the parties involved, tehsils, names of the government departments as plaintiffs and details of the people involved (their age, information of about their mental health).
The registrar has asked judges that the forms be filled in capital letters. Where cases are transferred, remanded or reopened more than once, last date when the case was so transferred, remanded or reopened would be mentioned. Case number to be reported is the one given by the court at the receipt of the challan.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2016.