All are equal before law: Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry

CJP says backlogged cases have seen a fall in the three years new judicial policy has been implemented.

Web Desk August 04, 2012

MULTAN: Reiterating the old adage that all are equal before the law, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that judges are under great obligation to dispense justice.

Speaking at the oath taking ceremony of lawyers at the Multan High Court Bar Association late on Saturday, he said that justice was a quality attributed to Allah, and any judge who was sworn in, will be asked on the Day of Judgment that when they took their oath, did they mete out justice judiciously.

Backlogged cases reduced

Claiming that the reforms brought as a result of a new judicial policy implemented in 2009, the Chief Justice  said that fruits of this policy have started reaching the common citizen.

“We don’t claim that we have achieved what we desired however, the results are encouraging,” he said before presenting the figures to back up his claim. He said that from the 17,80,364 cases pending in courts all over the country prior to the policy being implemented, the figure had dropped to 15,65,698 by June 2012.

“ This data reveals that the disputes were resolved expeditiously as envisaged in the spirit of the Article 37 (d) of the Constitution. Although much has been achieved by the tireless efforts of the Judges, lawyers, court staff and other stakeholders, however, we look forward to your further extended cooperation for the success in our mission. The recommendations to improve and make it more effective would always be welcome,” he said.

Illiteracy a hurdle to seek justice

The Chief Justice also pointed towards the lack of literacy among the masses as a hurdle in gaining justice and urged the lawayers to act as a bridge.

“In our society the litigants are unable to secure and protect their rights due to little literacy and unawareness. In this scenario the lawyers of our country are under more responsibility to protect the rights of the citizen,” he said, adding, “of course this is not the only duty and responsibility of the lawyer. They have their duties towards Court as well as the general public. “

He urged the lawyers to realise their responsibility to facilitate litigation and desist from knowingly prolong cases. “They [lawyers] should be well prepared in their cases to assist the court. Lawyers must not ask for the adjournments due to the lack of preparation of the cases which causes delay in the dispensation of justice.”

He also lashed out at the increasing lack of discipline among the lawyer fraternity. “They [lawyers] should regularly attend the courts, be punctual and must work with honesty, devotion and professionalism,“ he said in a veiled jibe at the frequent truancy of lawyers from courts on one pretext or another.


Sadaf Jamal | 11 years ago | Reply It is becoming increasingly clear now that Justice Chaudhary wants to dislodge PPP and Zardari out of power by any means before next general election. Due to its recent public relation debacle one after another the Army has taken a back-seat and watching the development carefully. It will try to look neutral but the temptation of unaccountable reign one more time will be too strong to resist. But times have changed significantly for any adventurists in Pakistan since end of cold war and early days of “war on terror”. Even fundamentalist regimes like Saudi Arabia will not bankroll the mischief-makers in the land of pure; Uncle Sam is virtually bankrupt and looking for some other and more stable allies in the region. So it is better that plotters of a coup of any color should think twice before embarking on an adventure they will have no control over!
Talpur | 11 years ago | Reply

CJ sahib. We are with you sir all the way!

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