ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has directed the judges of apex judiciary and subordinate courts not to grant adjournments for more than two days to ensure speedy justice and fast disposal of pending cases. The Chief Justice in his welcome address prior to the meeting of the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC), held here on Saturday at the Supreme Court Building, also stressed upon judges, lawyers and media to play their positive role in making the National Judicial Policy a success. The meeting was also attended by Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court; Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court; Justice Mushir Alam, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh; Justice Shah Jehan Khan, Acting Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court; Justice Ahmed Khan Lashari, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Balochistan and Dr Faqir Hussain, Registrar, Supreme Court/Secretary NJPMC. The Chief Justice also lauded the role of media, lawyers and judges in formulation of National Judicial Policy, which, he said, was an important event in the history of Pakistan. He said that the said policy was a step to ensure speedy disposal of cases and administration of justice without fear and favour. He said that the National Judicial Policy would be for all times and would play an important role in restoring the confidence of the people in the judiciary, adding the guidelines provided in the Policy were to be implemented in true spirit and in case of any violation the delinquent would be dealt with accordingly. He said that he would be vigorously pursuing the implementation of the Policy, as he was very keen to ensure that justice was quickly dispensed. He further said that special magistrates would be appointed on an ad hoc basis in far-off areas to cope with the backlog of pending cases while public prosecutors would be appointed to ensure inexpensive justice to the poor segment of the society. Later, during the meeting, the Committee discussed the implementation mechanism of the Policy. It was decided that the district and sessions judges would be responsible for achieving the targets in all courts in their respective Sessions divisions/districts and the chief justices of the high courts would ensure compliance with the Policy at High Court level, a press statement issued here stated. It was further resolved that the registrars of the high courts would submit weekly reports about the institutions and disposals of cases to the NJPMC Secretariat for placing the same before the Committee to ensure that all the goals and targets of the National Judicial Policy were achieved. The Committee also resolved that a conference of all stakeholders of justice sector including chief justices and senior judges of the high courts, provincial advocates general, prosecutors general, home secretaries, law secretaries, PPOs, representatives of the Bar, district and sessions judges and district attorneys and prosecutors would be convened at Islamabad on 27-6-2009 to enlighten them about the Policy and its far-reaching impact on the judicial system of the country. The Committee also reviewed the progress in the implementation of Automation Plan for the judiciary and resolved that all the computers should be connected to check and monitor the case flow and measuring the performance of judicial officers. The Committee also considered the issue of release of convicts and offenders on parole/probation and observed that the benefits of parole/probation laws were not extended to the deserving good conduct convicts/offenders. The Committee asked the provincial governments to strengthen the provincial directorates of reclamation and probation in terms of manpower and necessary infrastructure and to consider appointment of Probation/Parole Officers on transfer basis from other departments. The Committee also asked the high courts to issue directions to the judges for invoking provinces of Probation of Offenders Ordinance, 1960 to extend the benefits to good conduct convicts and asking the district and sessions judges to convene frequent meetings of the District Criminal Justice Coordination Committees for discussing the issues relating to Parole/Probation, the statement said. The Committee also discussed the requirements of high courts in terms of manpower, infrastructure and equipments to cope with the issues of backlog and increasing litigation. It directed the registrars of the high courts to work out their requirements to achieve the goals of National Judicial Policy and submit the same so that the respective provincial governments might be approached for grant of supplementary funds for infrastructure and creation of new posts of judges and their supporting staff. The Committee also recommended that the salaries of the judicial officers of the three provinces might be brought at par with those of judicial officers of the Punjab. The Committee also considered the option of appointment of Special Magistrates to clear backlog of pending cases by putting the same on the fast track as laid down in the National Judicial Policy. The Committee constituted a sub-committee headed by Justice Mushir Alam, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh with judges of other high courts to consider the issue and make recommendations so that steps should be taken for appointment of Special Magistrates for certain period to clear the backlog. The Committee also discussed the effective implementation of Small Claims and Minor Offences Courts Ordinance 2002 and resolved that since this law provides ADR mechanism for facilitating the resolution and settlement of disputes outside the court system, therefore, the provincial governments might involve retired judges, bureaucrats, revenue officers and retired police officers to persuade people to resolve their disputes through ADR. The Committee also considered the issue of non-availability of Public Prosecutors/Law Officers to assist courts and resolved that the prosecution was an important component of the criminal justice system and without its proper and efficient service, courts could not be able to decide the cases in given time, the statement said. The Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh informed that recently the Government of Sindh had appointed 180 prosecutors/deputy prosecutor in Sindh who would be shortly posted. The Committee asked the provincial governments of other provinces to appoint or post prosecutors/law officers in each court so that cases should be decided promptly. The Chief Justice extended special thanks to print and electronic media for widely publicizing the National Judicial Policy. He said the Policy was widely appreciated from different quarters including foreign countries, the press statement said.