Islamabad - Special Judge Accountability Court Rawalpindi Justice Shakeel Ahmad said that keeping in view the emerging challenges and professional deterioration, the courts needed highly-qualified, competent and well-trained manpower to provide the judicial services more efficiently.

He was addressing certificate-awarding ceremony at the conclusion of a one-week training course on effective administrative/financial management for senior civil judges from the four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The course was held at Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad, on Saturday, in which he was invited as chief guest.

Justice Shakeel Ahmad said that, “Our judicial officers should administer funds in accordance with the accepted financial management practices.”

He further stated that, “Our courts need judges with the highest ethical standards, extensive knowledge, complex and unique leadership skills, decision-making and administration.

The courts, similarly, need highly professional, ethical and competent staff. The court management team should work to enhance performance of judicial system as a whole by continuously improving personal and professional competence of all persons performing judicial functions, he stated.

The special judge said, “All judicial officers and court staff should have clear expectations of effective performance along with transparent systems to evaluate that performance.

We need to develop education and training programmes that provide judicial officers and court personnel the knowledge and skills required to perform their responsibilities fairly, correctly and efficiently while adhering to the highest standards of personal and official conduct.”

“Buildings never make institutions, rather conduct and contribution and effective service delivery to the people make and magnify the institutions. We must have zero tolerance for corruption to dilute the adverse people perception and give pollution- free decisions, without fear or favour,” he said.