Existing laws need to be scrutinised for loopholes that allow criminals to walk free, while the judicial system also needs a revamp.
Supreme Court Justice Dost Muhammad Khan expressed these views at an award ceremony on the conclusion of a refresher course on the “Role of prosecutors in quick disposal of cases,” at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA), according to a press release.
Justice Khan said that critical examination of existing laws could remove the anomalies obstructing the process of justice delivery and increase the conviction rate.
The entire justice system needs to be reexamined and modified, Justice Khan stated. He suggested the establishment of a task force comprising all sectors of the legal and judicial system, including parliamentarians, to examine flaws and to remove these through legislation.
Justice Khan said the modernisation of the judicial and legal system, proper infrastructure, adequate budgetary allocation, skilled manpower and modern technologies, is a necessity. He suggested the establishment of a state-of-the-art training institute for prosecutors and more forensic science laboratories.
The judge emphasised the significance of prosecution in the dispensation of justice and urged prosecutors to be fair and honest in their decisions. He also warned the prosecutors to be prepared for the new Pakistan Protection Act whose interpretation they would find challenging in the present context.
Earlier, FJA Director General Dr Faqir Hussain presented an overview of the refresher course.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2014.