Islamabad - Several useful and productive initiatives improve justice system and the regular trainings at the Federal Judicial Academy for judicial officers and others related to justice system are part and parcel of such an effort to improve the dispensation of justice in the country.

Dr Faqir Hussain, Director General FJA, expressed these views in a ceremony of a one-week training course on “management of sessions trial and appreciation of evidence” for additional district and sessions judges from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

He said the primary objective of the academy is the capacity-building trainings to improve the quality of delivery of justice by developing the human resource needs of all key players of the system including judges, prosecutors, attorneys, lawyers, prison officers, court staff and others.

He said a coordinated approach that addresses the chronic problems of the whole legal and judicial system is needed, especially to increase access to effective justice for the poorest litigant public. Future reform of the justice sector should be undertaken by adopting a holistic system-wide approach that lays emphasis on greater integration and coordination of the roles, functions and activities of the various components of the criminal justice system.

Besides improved training, judicial performance could also be substantially improved by ensuring much more consistent access to up-to-date legislation and jurisprudence, he concluded.

Later, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, urged the district judiciary judges to keep on studying to acquire more knowledge and keep on observing to gain more wisdom. He expressed these views at the certificate awarding ceremony at the conclusion of the training course.

He said, “I believe that an effective case management is essential for an effective justice system and an effective sessions trial and appreciation of evidence are central to an efficient justice delivery in the criminal justice system. The judges who update their knowledge about the new laws and emerging trends, sharpen their skills and gain knowledge about various traditions, cultural practices and norms, wherever they  are posted, they always remain in better position to appreciate evidence.”