LAHORE Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has directed all judges to avoid adopting shortcuts in the proceedings of cases or judgements and to give sufficient time to the counsels of the litigant parties for arguments. He was presiding over a meeting of National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) held at Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Saturday. The chief justices of all the four High Courts and registrar SC also attended the meeting, which reviewed the progress made so far regarding implementation of National Judicial Policy (NJP) and the related problems. The meeting examined the resolutions passed by different bar councils and reiterated that NJP aimed at dispensing expeditious justice by following the prescribed law and procedure. The CJP sought suggestions from the IGs Prisons and the Home secretaries to improve the living conditions in jails, asking them attend the next meeting with ideas for necessary reforms. He also advised the judges of High Courts and subordinate courts to decide the cases strictly on merit. The meeting decided that the courts should ensure quick dispensation of justice through a fair and proper application of relevant procedure. It resolved that no time had been fixed for declining pre-arrest bail applications. Further more, it clarified that in case of granting an interim stay, the same should be confirmed or dismissed within 15 days. The NJP meeting noted that the NJP had started yielding results and the problems surfacing during its effective implementation would be examined in the forthcoming National Judicial Conference scheduled on April 16 to 18 at Supreme Court building in Islamabad. The conference will be attended by all the judges of the Supreme Court, the chief justices of Federal Shariat Court and High Courts, 50 per cent judges of High Courts, all district and sessions judges, the office bearers of Supreme Court Bar Association, High Court bar associations, district bar associations and other notable lawyers. The participants would give their input regarding improvement in NJPs implementation and functioning of judicial system. The meting also examined the state of implementation of the Small Claims and Minor Offences Courts Ordinance 2002 and observed that such courts had already been designated all over the country. Therefore, its effectiveness in resolving minor disputes should be projected. The committee also urged the need to make the general public aware of to bringing their cases for quick resolution by these courts through mediation and summary procedure as prescribed in the ordinance. For this purpose, the High Courts were asked to hold periodic workshops to impart training to he judges. Similarly, workshops would also be arranged for disseminating information on availing the jurisdiction of Consumer Protection Courts. The meeting also examined pathetic conditions in jails and directed to improve the quality of food for inmates and to provide hygienic atmosphere to avoid health hazards. It was further decided to call the IGs Prisons and Home secretaries in next meeting to ask them for brining necessary reforms to improve living conditions in prisons. Expressing concerns over increasing incidents of violence in jails, it urged the provincial governments to strictly follow the jail manual and stop misuse of cell phone within prisons. The committee showed satisfaction over disposal of new cases, saying it was made possible only through the cooperation extended by the judges and lawyers. The judges were working till late hours to meet the target while lawyers were pursuing cases enthusiastically, it added. The committee also noticed constant power outage in subordinate judiciary, resulting in affecting the efficient working, and asked the High Courts to arrange generators for making the atmosphere conducive for the staff.