OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry has expressed his dissatisfaction with the performance of the lower judiciary towards implementation of the National Judicial Policy which aims primarily at early disposal of the cases and end to corruption in the institution. Addressing the District and Sessions Judge and the Members Inspection Team at a meeting convened to work out the strategy to achieve the targets set under the policy here Saturday, the Chief Justice said Punjab is much behind others in giving satisfactory results of the implementation of the policy and one of the factors behind it, is the deep rooted corruption wherein about 90 per cent of the courts staff is involved. He said he is determined to eradicate corruption in all cadres of the judiciary and for security of that goal, they all have to jointly exterminate the corrupt elements. He said he has appointed the district and sessions judges of integrity and good reputation however that too failed to live up to the expectation set on the Judicial Policy. Justice Chaudhry said that the common man trust in judiciary is waning as such the judicial officers must put up best efforts to address his grievances at the incipient level of judiciary which has to also keep burden on the higher judiciary low. Referring to the meeting of the National Judicial Policy Committee held in Karachi last days under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad said the Committee found that the National Judicial Policy was still short of complete implementation as such the pace of the disposal of the cases was not as per the set target. He said what to speak of the disposal of the fresh institution of the cases, here the cases filed as early as 1995 and 1996 are pending decision. The Policy envisaged speedy decision of the cases filed in the year 2008 onwards but the policy to this effect, yet needed to be acted upon. Punjab lower judiciary, said the Chief Justice, covers 60 per cent of the entire judiciary and the number of pending cases at this level is also much higher than other provinces. As such the picture of non implementation of Judicial policy becomes more conspicuous in Punjab than the other provinces. Without denying the fact the situation was poor in Punjab, the situation is Balochistan was better for the reason the number cases there is much lower than what we have in Punjab. Similarly the Policy is yielding encouraging results in Sindh also and the Punjab judiciary is needed to present healthy outcome of the policy though better output before next meeting of the Committee. The Chief Justice asked the officers to frame a strategy to end corruption in the lower judiciary for which he also asked his brother judges of the High Court entrusted with the supervise the lower judiciary, to visit their respective districts to also look into the other relevant matters besides expediting the disposal of cases. He said in the meeting of the National Judicial Policy committee the Inspection Judges would be responsible for the performance of lower judiciary in their jurisdiction. The Chief Justice said the Judiciary gained independence as a consequence of the long struggle of the people but its performance was still short of the public expectations. As such, he asked the officers to improve their working and bring in changes in order to obtain the target of early decision of the cases. A Sessions Judge, he said, serves as backbone and bridge between the lower and the higher judiciary in the judicial system and with this view of the fact, he has appointed the persons of honesty and integrity throughout the province on the hope that they would act to end corruption and encourage early decisions. But the desired results are still far away and the job hoped for is not being done. He asked the Sessions Judges to write to the LHC about the corrupt judges and always endeavor to improve the image of the judiciary in the eye of the people. The Chief Justice said on the complaints received from various sides, he took action and dismissed a number of Judicial officers, while proceedings are going on against a number of others. He said he is adhered to the principle of encouraging and rewarding the good judges while penalizing the corrupt ones. He said the court staffers have to directly deal with the litigants but 90 percent of them are corrupt. At the level of the High Court, he said, measures are being adopted to discourage granting of 'tips to the staffers and to end corruption. The Chief Justice at the same time also appreciated the fact that presently judicial officers are speedily dealing with the cases and deciding them, but the impression need to be dispelled in the public that judiciary slacks on early disposal of cases. One of reasons for this impression is the addition in the public woes which is taking place when bail matters are wrongly decided at the lower level whereby the load is also shifting to the High Court. He said a judge is responsible to Allah, Almighty about the sentence he hands down to an accused but the same time, a Sessions Judge can also not be left off the hook if his subordinates are not meeting the four end of justice in criminal matters. A judges job is to do justice and not indulge himself in clerical matters. Lahore High Court judges Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Jutice Abdul Satter Asghar, Justice Najamul Hassan Sheikh, Justice Manzoor Malik, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Asad Munir, and others were also present on the occasion.