ISLAMABAD - Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, a judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan, has said that justice is the foundation and object of any civilised society and nothing can be honourable in any society where there is an absence of justice.

The apex court judge expressed these views in the certificate-awarding ceremony of a one-week ‘Skilled-Based ADR Training’ for civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, held here at the Federal Judicial Academy/ Centre of Excellence for Law and Judicial Education.

He said, “The greatest challenge that the justice delivery system faces today is the delay in the disposal of cases and prohibitive cost of litigation. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is thought of as a weapon to meet this challenge.”

The primary object of ADR system is avoidance of vexation, expense and delay and promotion of the ideal of ‘access to justice’ for all. The ADR system seeks to provide cheap, simple, quick and accessible justice. The ADR is a process distinct from normal judicial process. The ADR system is not only grounded in our culture and civilisation but also it is enjoined in the Holy Quran.

It is one of the most attractive options for speedy justice delivery. Collective and coordinated efforts of all main stakeholders of the administration of justice system coupled with evolving the ADR system in accordance with the indigenous conditions were essential for an effective and swift justice delivery to the litigant public.

Presenting his welcome speech and an overview of the course Dr Faqir Hussain, DG FJA/CELJE, said that the ADR system was an indigenous. Its aim was to provide justice and it not only resolves disputes but also harmonise the relation of the parties. However, efforts towards ADR can meet with considerable success and good results in this country also if those obstacles, which hinder its effective implementations, are addressed systemically.

He also expressed his profound gratitude to the management and resource persons of the Karachi Centre for Dispute Resolution (KCDR) who had come to pass on their practical ADR system experience with the trainees during this weeklong course.