LAHORE: If judges in Singapore could decide a murder case within two months then why Lahore High Court cannot decide on a case within six months. This was asked by LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Sunday.
He was addressing judicial officers and participants after the first cricket match held as part of celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of LHC. On the occasion, he said provision of prompt justice and early resolution of cases will benefit the people and country.
He added a few days ago during his visit to Singapore he asked judges how much time they took to give a verdict of murder cases. “I was shocked to hear that they do not take more than two months to decide on a murder case,” the chief justice said. Mansoor questioned why delays in the local courts decision-making could not be controlled.
The chief justice further said prompt decision on cases would change the fate of courts and the country would move towards a better judicial system and hence progress. He also asked bar councils to take concrete measures for provision of prompt justice.
While specifically addressing judicial officers, he said, “I want to give a message that from civil magistrate to chief justice, we are all one family and its internal matters should remain within it.” He advised no third party should be trusted. “There is no need to go anywhere if you have any grievances. You should approach me if you really believe, I’m your elder.”
At the end, the chief justice thanked the Gajana for organising the cricket tournament. It was played between district judicial officers and was organised by District and Session Judge Nazir Ahmed Gajana at the Lahore Cricket Club Association Ground, Qaddafi Stadium.
While speaking to The Express Tribune, a civil judge of class-I, Saira Chaudhry, said judges not only do judicial work but they can also participate in other activities. She said the event provided entertainment to the participants and such events should be organised more often.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2016.