Islamabad - Pakistan Bar Council yesterday demanded the provincial governments and the chief justices of high courts to establish registries of high courts at the divisional level.

Human Rights Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council held a meeting at the Council’s office, Islamabad under chairmanship of Muhammad Raheel Kamran Sheikh. The committee passed a resolution for providing citizens better access to justice.

It said that in terms of Articles 9 and 25 of the Constitution the people should have access to justice at their doorsteps. The resolution urged the provincial governments and the chief justices of high courts to establish registries of the High Courts at Divisional level with adequate facilities for filing all cases arising in the concerned Division to which the high courts have jurisdiction; except those cases which require urgent hearing on the same or on the next day. The filing of such cases eventuality required to be filed at the Principal Seat.

It is further demanded that adequate arrangements be made for hearing of all such cases expeditiously at the registries duly connected with the Principal Seats through video link. It is also demanded that the roster of the appropriate benches be nominated by the concerned Chief Justice for hearing of the aforementioned cases through video links.

“The scales of public interest necessitate meaningful enforcement of the fundamental right of access to justice throughout the Country. Thus every member of the public to the best possible extent must be able to have access to Courts within his/her closest proximity.”

The committee stressed that their demand be implemented throughout the country, however, the implementation has to commence in five Divisions of Punjab i.e. Faisalabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Sahiwal and DG Khan.