ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has demanded of the federal and the provincial governments to allocate reasonable amounts as grants-in-aid for bar councils in their next annual budgets.

Vice Chairman PBC Ramzan Chaudhry said this while talking to The Nation on Friday. He suggested that amounts should not be less than Rs 150 million for the PBC, Rs 100 million for Punjab Bar Council, Rs 50 million each for the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Councils, Rs 30 million for Balochistan Bar Council, and Rs 10 million for Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bar Council.

Chaudhry also demanded amendment in Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act, 1973 with respect to qualification for contesting election of bar councils. The disciplinary committee of the PBC has proposed amendments in relevant provisions of the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973 in respect of the length of practice/standing for contesting election of bar councils and has unanimously recommended 15 years standing at the bar for being elected as member of a provincial bar council and 20 years standing at the bar for being elected as member of the PBC, he added.

About amendment in the Judicial Commission of Pakistan Rules, 2010, Chaudhry said that they had met with the Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani who had assured them to accommodate their point of view in the JCP Rules 2010. The PCB has proposed that the representatives of the bar should be consulted in the process of initiation of names for appointment of judges, he added.

The vice chairman PBC proposed the appointment of subordinate judiciary should be made through respective provincial public service commissions instead of high courts. Earlier the judges in the subordinate judiciary used to come through competitive examinations but now the high court judges appoint persons of their own choice after interviewing them, he said.

SC JUDGE FOR INSTITUTIONALISING JUDICIAL TRAINING: Justice Dost Muhammad Khan has underscored the need for institutionalising judicial training in the country.

The judge of the Supreme Court expressed these views in a certificate-awarding ceremony of one-week refresher course for newly promoted additional district and sessions judges from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan here at Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) on Friday.

He said, "Adhocism will neither build nor improve efficiency of our courts." He said that judicial education and training were important means to develop judicial competence and improve the quality of justice and performance of courts in the country. He said well-designed, well-developed and research-oriented programmes with focus on improving the quality would definitely improve and enhance the efficiency of courts.

He maintained that the courses for the trainings of judicial officers would be developed in consultation with the national and international legal brains in line with the current modern trends in practice in the world of judiciary. Faculty and resource persons of high profile and calibre may be sourced out to impart trainings to the trainees, he suggested. There are many grey areas and drawback, which need to be addressed seriously, he further said.

He emphasised that consolidated training programmes and training modules must be prepared and developed in collaboration with the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, FJA and provincial judicial academies. "Training is being imparted to the trainees but we do not have any system to evaluate the impact of these trainings, however, during my tenure as the chief justice of Peshawar High Court, we made pragmatic efforts and used to evaluate them on basis of quality of their judgement writing in the aftermath of their trainings."

Justice Dost said a lot of money was spent over these trainings and that money came from the national exchequer. "I will advise you people when you go back to your duty stations and sit in your courts, then must realise on this very point that these trainings cost expenses, therefore, you have to deliver to the litigants who suffer due to undue delay in the administration of justice."