Two model courts to be set up in Islamabad

Justice committee urges authorities to expedite work on construction of Islamabad model jail


Hasnaat Malik March 14, 2019
Islamabad High Court. PHOTO: IHC WEBSITE

ISLAMABAD: A justice committee, led by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah, has decided to establish two model courts in the federal capital to conduct trials on a day to day and continuous basis.

The decision was taken in a meeting of the committee, chaired by Justice Minallah on Thursday.  The IHC judges, the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan secretary, interior secretary, Islamabad inspector general police were among those who attended the meeting.

The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan Secretary Dr Raheem Awan told The Express Tribune that the committee took a number of decisions to improve the judicial system.

“It has been decided that prosecution branch will be established in the capital. The special training will be given to the prosecutors and judges.  Likewise, judges who are competent on criminal side will be appointed in model courts,” he said.

He said the justice committee also resolved to take steps for the child protection. It was also decided that a crackdown would be launched against beggars in Islamabad.

The committee urged the relevant authorities to expedite work on construction of Islamabad model jail. Similarly, laws will be enforced about the welfare of elders. “The committee directed law secretary to fill judges’ posts in special courts. Forensic lab will be made functional in Islamabad by June,” he said.

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During the meeting, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Advocate General Tariq Jahangiri proposed that after the registration of an FIR, no one should be arrested unless solid evidence is available

The committee also resolved that Police Complaint Redressal Mechanism will be made effective and the SP Complaints will decide the application about registration of an FIR within seven days. If concerned police official does not register the FIR without a reason then action will be initiated against him as well.

Recently, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa had said courts of sessions and additional sessions judges were burdened with cases seeking directions for the police to register cases.

The CJP had stated that that jurisdiction was tantamount to involvement of judiciary in executive functions and was in collision with the principle of separation of powers.

From 01-01-2017 till 28-02-2019, a total number of 614,307 cases under section 22 A/22 B CrPC, were filed in the district judiciary throughout the country, while during the same period 47,029 cases under the said provisions were filed in the high courts.

The committee also resolved that since a Police Complaint Redressal Mechanism, as per recommendations of the Police Reforms Committee, has been operationalised at district level all over Pakistan, therefore, applications under section 22 A CrPC may not be entertained by the courts unless accompanied by decision of the relevant district SP Complaints.

Since January 2019, a total of 25,426 complaints have been disposed of by the Complaint Redressal Centres of police department. The ICT Advocate General Jahangiri said the CJP Khosa is active to put his own house in order by introducing a number of reforms to revamp criminal justice system.

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