WHILE the National Judicial Policy Making Committee has expressed satisfaction at the progress in implementing the National Judicial Policy, during its meeting at the Supreme Courts Lahore Registry on Saturday, with Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in the chair, it has also noted some of the problems. However, the Committee, probably displaying judicial restraint, did not take notice of the primary reason for not providing the quick and cheap justice to which the judiciary stands committed. That happens to be the interference of the executive in the judiciary that is encapsulated in the 18th Amendment provision of the Judicial Commission for the making of recommendations for appointments to the superior judiciary. The whole struggle of the lawyers community for the independence of the judiciary concentrated on ousting the interference of the executive, which was responsible for many of the problems which led to justice being both expensive and delayed. The meeting noted that it had started yielding results, but any problems which might result would be examined during the forthcoming National Judicial Conference, which will be held in Islamabad from April 16 to 18. The meeting also noted that the subordinate courts were badly hit by loadshedding, something which affected the efficiency of their working, which had improved because both judges and lawyers were putting in hard work. This is another aspect of the working of the courts, which should be considered by the government when reviewing the loadshedding policies it is responsible for. While the government must stop its policies, and return judicial appointments to the judiciary, it must remember that its purpose is to ensure quick and inexpensive justice. For that, it must ensure that the superior judiciary gets the right atmosphere for its decisions. Most important, it must stop all attempts to bring about self-interest changes in the judiciary.