Someone has very rightly said that the justice delayed is justice denied. Unfortunately, seekingspeedy and cheap justice has become a distant dream forthe commoncitizens of our country. It has often been seen that one has to wait for years and evenfor decades to get justice form our courts; especially the lower courtsof the country. If we really want that our society should move towards reformation thenour courts must show promptness in deciding the cases on merit without any fear from or favour to anyone. Once our judicial system would be quick and cheap for our common citizens, our society, undoubtedly,will be making a positive headwaywhich, in turn, wouldhelp our cause of buildingthat society on a sound footing. The importance of quick and cheap justice can be judged from the fact that in the Second World War(1939-1945), Britain was almost collapsed economically. Unemployment was increasing day by day and people were finding it really hard to earn their bread and butter even for two times. There was aserious food problemwithin the country. So much sothatpeoplestarted stealing breads and eggs from bakeries of their respective cities and areas. Under that situation,Prime Minister WinstonChurchill called the special meeting ofhis cabinet ministers where he asked themabout the presentoverall condition of the country in the wake of the Second World War. The ministers apprised him the whole abovementioned story. On that, he asked these ministers whether courts of the countrywere giving speedy andcheap justice to the commoncitizens of the country. While answering that,all the ministers present theretold him unanimously that even under those hard circumstances of the Second World War, the courts of the country had beenperforming their duties with full vigour,commitment and merit by providing quick and cheap justice totheir common citizens. Knowing allthat, Churchillasked his ministers that as long as courts of the country were busy in dispensing quick and cheapjustice to their common citizensnothing was going tohappenagainst England and its citizens in that Second World War. This is how England survived from thepossible completecollapse in thewar. I strongly believe that our salvation too lies in providing the speedy andcheap justice to the common citizens of our country. This would automatically open up our doors for merit, prosperity and well-being for our society. ABDUL SAMAD SAMO, Karachi, June 12.