ISLAMABAD - Praising the recent reforms brought in the Punjab judiciary, the Chief Justice of Pakistan on Wednesday termed it a road map for rest of the judiciary.

Chief Justice Lahore High Court Syed Mansoor Ali Shah gave an overview of the reforms recently brought in the Punjab judiciary in a meeting which was chaired by CJP Mian Saqib Nisar. The officers of Supreme Court, Lahore High Court and Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan also attended the meeting.

Justice Mansoor gave an overview of reforms recently brought in Punjab judiciary especially delay in reduction, minimisation of backlog, e-facilitations to public litigants and lawyers to ensure easy access to Courts, introduction of Information Technology in courts to facilitate public, effective Court and Case Management, promotion of Alternate Dispute Resolution, training of judges, law Officers and staff, categorisation of courts, etc. to provide inexpensive and expeditious justice to general public.

Regarding reforms in the judiciary, the CJP will head all chief justices conference on Saturday (13.01.2018) at the Supreme Court Branch Registry Karachi to take stock of overall performance of judicial system especially in terms of delays in the system.

The conference will also deliberate upon different ways and strategies to bring reforms, innovation and improvements to streamline smooth functioning of current judicial system of Pakistan. The forum will also deliberate upon different aspects to make Law & Justice Commission an effective body to lead the reforms of law and justice institutions to be fair and inclusive; strengthening organizational capacities and accountability to be effectively responsive to citizens' security and justice needs and wellbeing; and empowering citizens to assert their rights and claim their entitlements and exercise their duties and obligations.

Meanwhile, the CJP constituted benches in the Supreme Court for a period of one month as part of judicial reforms to ensure expeditious disposal of cases and to facilitate litigants and lawyers to make their arrangements in advance.

Moreover, on every Friday two-member benches have been constituted to hear fresh petitions which are being filed in large numbers.