LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijazul Ahsan yesterday said that the matters through Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be settled down at the preliminary stage. He said, however, no system could be made successful without the support of lawyers.

The chief justice expressed these views while addressing Annual International Conference on Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), 2016.

The CJ said that ADR is the need of the hour because it will help litigants save time and money to get justice. Under the supervision of judiciary, this system could be benefiting for the society, the CJ said. He also said that no system could be made successful but he hoped that the lawyers would play an effective role to make ADR system a success. 

Justice Shahid Hameed Dar, Justice Anwarul Haq, Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh, Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan and Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan were also present there in the conference held under the aegis of the Lahore High Court Bar Association at Karachi Shuhada Hall.

Chief Justice Ijazul Ahsan said that it was really appreciable that the bar understood the importance of ADR system and held an international conference on it. The CJ said the LHC believed that ADR must be made part of the judiciary so that a common man could also get benefit of it.

The chief justice said that Alternate Dispute Resolution system was also being established at district level.

“The day is not far when the people will get timely and inexpensive justice,” said the CJ. The CJ urged the lawyers to play their role to make this system successful to provide justice to the people at grassroots level.

Earlier, the international experts and members of the bar addressed the conference and shed light over the importance of ADR system in Pakistan.