ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that the rule of law was sine qua non for democracy and overall development in the country. He expressed these views in the certificate awarding ceremony on the conclusion of a one-week training course titled, Orientation of New Laws for additional district and sessions judges/senor civil judges held here at the Federal Judicial Academy on Saturday. On the occasion, the CJP announced that the national judicial conference would be convened on 21st of April, 2011 wherein all stakeholders in the administration of justice including the litigant public whose cases were pending in the courts for more than five years would also be invited and suggestions, proposals would be solicited and practical problems in the implementation of the National Judicial Policy would be discussed in detail. He said it was the prime duty of the judges to enforce the Constitution and the rule of law in the country so as to take the country to new horizons of socio-economic development. We have to enforce the rule of law at any cost, as it promotes democratic dispensation and accountability, the CJP maintained. He said that there had been no deviation from the Constitution in the neighbouring country. Both individuals and institutions strictly follow the rule of law and constitutionalism; as a result democracy has flourished there, he added. Referring to momentous struggle waged by the lawyers, civil society, media, and others for the restoration of judiciary, the Chief Justice said, In the wake of historic struggle for the restoration of independent judiciary in the country, no adventurer would dare to abrogate the Constitution or deviate from the Constitution in the future. If anyone dares then he would have to face unparallel resentment from the legal-judicial fraternity and civil society and media. The CJP categorically said, Deviation from the Constitution in any manner will not be tolerated, it would be resented by all stakeholders. If any judge takes the side of adventurer or violator, he will be liable for misconduct as decided in the historic judgment 31st July 2009. The CJP said that the admin of justice was the most difficult task. He urged the district judiciary judges to decide the cases expeditiously and on merit in accordance with law. Delivering decisions on technical ground was not justice. Your decisions may convey the sense so that there may be few chances for the superior courts to interfere, he pointed out. The Chief Justice said the district judiciary played pivotal role because a major portion of the litigations came to these courts. District judiciary deserves appreciation for administering expeditious justice to the litigant public in the wake of announcement of National Judicial policy (NJP). Still much is desired to achieve the goal of justice for all. Lamenting the state of pervasive corruption and non-disposal of cases in the district courts, he said that there were frequent complaints, both about the involvement of the para-legal staff and in some cases about the judicial officers. He opined that the increasing ratio of litigations in the courts at all levels reflected that the growing trust and confidence of the litigant public in the edifice of judiciary in the country. The people of Pakistan have reposed trust in the judiciary. We have to administer justice to them. We have to hear them properly. We have to ameliorate the miseries of the poor litigants. We have to respect, both, the litigant and advocates. We must have to respect all those who come to the court in search of justice and decide the cases on merit, he advised the judicial officers. Earlier, DG of the Academy Parvaiz Ali Chawla presented welcome adders and thanked the CJP, who is also chairman board of governors of the academy to pass an order to bring the salaries of the FJA employees at par with the Supreme Court employees.