KARACHI - Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry on Saturday said the people were looking towards the judiciary for seeking speedy and easy justice and they were reposing confidence in this institution for redressal of their grievances. The chief justice was addressing on the occasion of First Summit of All Pakistan Judicial Academies here at local hotel. The summit was organised by the Sindh High Court in collaboration with the Sindh Judicial Academy which was attended by chief justices and judges of all high courts. Retired judges of the Supreme Court and high courts were also present. The CJP said the role of judiciary was getting vital importance with every passing day and now it was up to the judges of superior and subordinate courts to acquaint themselves with a better knowledge of human society to resolve the contemporary societal problems. He said the constitution protects judicial independence to promote the rule of law and the judges were expected to administer law without any fear and favour. Presently four judicial academies are working in the country including the one in federal capital while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will soon have its own academy, he added. He said these academies were engaged in imparting training to the judges regarding law, judicial norms and etiquettes. He said the federal judicial academy had been striving to impart pre-service as well as in-service judicial training to the judges for improvement of judicial system. The chief justice hoped that the summit would provide an opportunity to critically examine the judicial institutions for making sure that they meet the present needs of the societal problems. He said the district judiciary is the first forum where litigants come across the judicial system, therefore, these trial court judges should act with full wisdom in their judgments. About syllabus of the academies, Justice Iftikhar said these should be approved after due deliberation by the Board of Governors of the federal judicial academy to bring uniformity in the system. He said new trends in jurisprudence such as cyber crimes, environmental law, alternate dispute resolution, forensic science, criminology, local, national and international laws, the judges need to be educated in these fields during pre-service and in-service training from time to time. Highlighting the importance of information technology, he said the judges should be computer literate and the judicial academies must specifically focus on imparting awareness by utilising information technology tools. Earlier, he also appreciated the efforts of SHC chief justice for providing a platform for exchange of ideas by legal experts to cope with the demands of efficient judicial system. In his brief remarks, Sindh Judicial Academy DG Justice (R) Saleem Akhtar said since its establishment in 1993, the academy had trained out 50 batches of judicial officers. He said research-oriented studies were lacking in our institutions and proposed that research centres may also be established in the judicial academies. SHC Chief Justice Mushir Alam highlighted the role, aims and objectives of the summit to further improve the functioning of the judicial academies. Later, the CJP launched a website of the Sindh Judicial Academy and the 'Caseflow Management System Kiosks of the SHC. The website is specially meant for the judicial officers while e-kiosks will be made available to the public at various public points specially on the premises of courts so that they get information about the progress of their cases and other details.