lahore - Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has said that constitutionally inexpensive and speedy justice is the responsibility of the state, but judiciary is also equally responsible for delivering justice which is essential for the rule of law in the society.
  Chief Justice Jillani said the NJPMC (National Judicial Policymaking Committee) provided a permanent forum to harmonise judicial policy within the court system for improving the capacity and performance of the justice system in the country.
He was addressing a meeting of National Judicial (Policymaking) Committee held at the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court on Saturday. The chief justice said the committee embarked upon the path of reforming the administration of justice and took important decisions, including formulation of the NJP. He said the results of these initiatives were encouraging and improved the performance of the justice sector.
The chief justice stated that disposal of all old cases by district judiciary and ever-increasing rate of fresh institutions spoke about the success of the Supreme Court’s initiatives.
   Besides reviewing performance of the district judiciary, the committee also condemned attack on the Islamabad District Court and recommended immediate shifting of courts. It asked the government to house the courts on secure and gated premises so that they could perform functions in a peaceful environment.
The committee was briefed on working of the mobile courts established in KPK for expeditious justice by resolving disputes at local level through alternate dispute resolution mechanism.  The Law and Justice Commission secretary informed the committee that pursuant to the decision of full court of the Supreme Court, an international judicial conference was being organised on April 18 and 19 this year.  He said to make the event meaningful and result-oriented, chief justices, judges and jurists from other jurisdictions had been invited.
The committee also considered the complaints of district attorneys regarding their deficient service structure and unavailability of promotions beyond BPS-19. After deliberations, the committee referred the matter to provincial governments for improving the service structure of the district attorneys.
Federal Shariat Court CJ Agha Rafiq Ahmad Khan, Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Sindh High Court Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Mian Fasih-ul-Mulk, IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Kasi and the Law and Justice Commission secretary attended the meeting. Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice Muhammad Azam Khan, Gilgit-Baltistan Supreme Appellate Court Chief Judge Rana Muhammad Arshad Khan and other judges of their courts also participated in the meeting on special invitation.
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Saturday said terrorism was nothing more than reflection of hatred sown by ourselves.  Addressing the civil judges at Punjab Judicial Academy, he said judicial officers would have to remove hatred from the people’s hearts and work like real adjudicators. He said the judges should always remember during hearing and deciding cases that justice should not only be done but should be seen to be done.
He said the judges should hear the lawyers and litigants at length because their questions would enhance their awareness.