LAHORE- The World Bank will provide one billion rupees for judicial reforms in Punjab’s capital city, said Lahore High Court’s Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah yesterday.

Addressing a symposium “Caseflow Management Reforms in Punjab - A Road Map” at a local hotel, Justice Shah said an Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre would also be established in Lahore with the help of World Bank where people could resolve their family issues amicably.

In close working relationship with the European Union (EU) and World Bank, currently a new management system of Rs 250 million is being introduced at the Lahore High Court, the senior judge added.

Dr Osama Siddique, senior expert with EU Punjab Access to Justice Program, also gave presentation on judicial system of the country and pointed out flaws in it. He also shared his ideas to make it more efficient.

“There is need for clarity in judicial approach to penalizing delays,” said Mr Siddique, stressing the need for clarity and to strike balance between due process and preventing process abuse.

He added timeline is also needed to maintain a new and comprehensive framework for case category and case stage.

Discussing the existing lacunas, the expert said there is lack of framework for pre-filing scrutiny and reviewing the cases. “Capacity constraints of the court staff are another hurdle.

“Constraints of the caseflow monitoring system, insufficient recourse to Alternative Dispute Resolution, weakness of provisions relating to costs and limitations on presentation of evidence and adjournments, non availability of administrative regulation of legal fraternity and judicial setting of goals and monitoring of performance are also reasons hindering the early disposal of cases,” he added.

Justice Ayesha A Malik, Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, secretary prosecution Ali Murtaza, Prosecutor General Punjab Ehtsham Qadir Shah, some other judges and lawyers representatives were also present on the occasion.

Women package reviewed: Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din and Minister Population Welfare Zakia Shahnawaz chaired a meeting for reviewing implementation of Women Package-2016 yesterday.

Senior Member CM’s Special Monitoring Unit Salman Sufi, Secretary Dr Amna Imam and representatives of First Women Bank, Population Welfare, Labour, Social Welfare, PITB and other departments attended the meeting.

The Ministers directed focusing promotion of awareness among women regarding their rights and importance of education. The meeting reviewed women package 2012 and 2014 and termed them women-friendly.