ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that non-completion of investigation and non-submission of challans in the statuary period is a major cause of delay in the early disposal of cases. The CJP was speaking at the inaugural session of National Judicial Conference at the Supreme Court building here on Friday. The Secretariat of Law and Justice Commission has organised the conference. He said that the District Police Officers were directed to ensure the submission of challans within the prescribed period and the delinquent officers were to be treated inefficient under the Police Order. From January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, in pursuance of the National Judicial Policy action has been taken against 15,927 delinquent officers on account of non-submission of challans within the prescribed period. To bring transparency in the judicial proceedings and eradication of corruption, the performance of judicial officers and court staff is strictly monitored and the High Courts have dismissed/removed a number of judges and court staff involved in the corrupt practices. Penalty has been imposed on 55 judicial officers, 339 District Court staff and 25 Supreme Court and High Courts Officers and officials who were found guilty. A committee has been constituted comprising Chief Justices of Peshawar High Court and Islamabad High Court and Registrar Supreme Court to review the performance of Criminal District Co-ordination Committee and suggest measures for curbing corruption amongst the Para Legal Staff. To extend the benefits of the Probation Ordinance, 1960 and Good Conduct Prisoners Probation Release Act, 1926 the NJP set certain goals to consider the cases of deserving under-trial prisoners and convicts. The Chief Justice said that so far 38,292 prisoners have been released on probation and similarly 486 on parole. The judiciary keeps a close watch to supervise and protect the fundamental rights of the citizen as enunciated in the constitution to uphold the rule of law. The Courts flung into action the moment such rights are violated and appropriate proceedings are initiated for enforcement. The competence of judiciary can be measured through its decisions and approach. A judge should be a gentleman first and a gentleman last. The lawyers were prohibited from using previous designations such as retired Judge, Ex-Judge, Ex-Attorney General etc, as early provided in the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act. For disposal of old cases, special techniques like recording of evidence through commission and adoption of ADR were employed. Since May 31, 2009 due to the improved performance of judiciary, the targets set out for the disposal of cases in the National Judicial Policy (NJP) were achieved. The Supreme Court, Federal Shariat Court, High Courts and District Judiciary decided a total of 49,65,731 cases, while during the said period 45,72,690 new cases were instituted that means the disposal rate is higher than institution. The High Courts and District Judiciary since the implementation of NJP have disposed of 89 per cent of old cases. The bar plays equal role for the maintenance and independence of judiciary provided there is mutual understanding and trust between the bench and the bar. Therefore, the quality of the bar is bound to reflect on the quality of the bench. The State shall... ensure inexpensive and expeditious justice. ADR is a tool for the administration of justice through less formal yet efficient in achieving the ends of justice and early disposal of cases. The ADR earned great recognition worldwide particularly in the business community. In the recent past in Pakistan certain laws for the settlement of disputes through ADR were introduced but the fruits of these laws have not been transferred to the litigants on account of pre-dominate adversarial culture. Keeping in view the potential in delivering inexpensive and expeditious justice we have to devise new ways and means to create public awareness, acceptability and confidence for promotion of ADR. Legal education had not until recently been considered an important part in the development of our country by the policy makers of the education policy. We have mushroom growth of law colleges both in the public and private sector, without efficient monitoring system to impart quality legal education. We have to admit that the judicial system is lagging behind in the adaptation of the ICT. The ICT can prove to be an important tool in reducing delay and ultimately eliminating the huge backlog. We have emphasized on the establishment of E-Courts. I am sure that the establishment of E-Courts will streamline the justice system, which will bring efficiency, transparency and accountability in judicial service, he said. Under the 18th Amendment new benches of the Peshawar High Court at Mingora and High Court of Balochistan at Turbat, have been established to provide a higher judicial forum for adjudication of disputes at the doorstep of litigants at far flung regions.