The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa mobile courts project will be inaugurated today (Saturday), two years after it was initially proposed.
The initiative was earlier expected to be launched in 2012.
The mobile court is equipped with all facilities needed in a courtroom and will be inaugurated by Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Dost Muhammad Khan, while Judicial Magistrate Fazl-e-Wadud would be hearing various cases.
Justice Khan had proposed the mobile court or ‘Justice on Wheels’ project nearly two years ago. It was meant to resolve petty civil disputes and criminal cases at the earliest and at the involved parties’ doorstep. The travelling court will also help reduce the number of pending cases in courts.
“Justice on wheels will travel to each village and both complainants and defendants would be summoned to appear. Judges will listen to both parties and resolve disputes on the spot with lesser time and no cost,” CJ Khan said earlier.
The travelling court is equipped with a solar energy generation system and has been prepared at a cost of Rs15 million.
For those living in areas far from existing courts, the project will give some respite.
Lawyers termed the project an innovative step which will not only help provide people speedy justice but will also help them save their time and money as travelling from distant villages to the provincial capital is often quite taxing.
PHC Bar Association President Ishtiaq Ibrahim welcomed the move. “We are well aware of the law and order in the province, particularly a few districts where the situation is out of the authorities’ control,” he said. This project will at least give residents access to justice.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2013.