The Peshawar Bar Association (PBA) has demanded that it be taken on board for the formation of any future judicial policy.
The association’s president Razaullah Khan said that only the lower judiciary was following the said policy and lawyers faced problems in disposing of cases. Speaking to the Express Forum on Saturday, Khan said that a specific timeframe was given to lawyers to dispose cases under the 2009 Judicial Policy, but this is difficult to implement in practical terms.
“The judicial policy is right for expeditious justice, but when a case is decided in a hurry, sometimes it is sent back to the lower judiciary by the superior courts for various reasons. Ultimately, it is the litigants that are affected,” he said.
Khan said that many things need to be taken into consideration when disposing a case in a timely manner. The bar president said witness accounts and records, among other things, need to be collected and he blamed official departments for delaying the procedure.
He said that districts bars as well as the Islamabad Bar Association and Supreme Court Bar Association need to be taken onboard when forming a judicial policy as lawyers were the people who would practically implement it.
Meanwhile, PBA General Secretary Syed Taimur Ali Shah said the association is not in favour of mobile courts and Dispute Resolution Committees. “Litigants go to court and not the other way around,” he said.
The bar’s media secretary Huma Gul said members took on cases of poor people free of cost. She clarified women lawyers faced no difficulties when dealing with their male counterparts.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2014.
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