Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, while chairing a meeting of the Policymaking Committee of the Judicial Commission in Karachi on Friday, maintained that corruption in lower courts and delays in the decision of cases severely dented public confidence in them. He did not specifically referred to the maxim, 'justice delayed is justice denied, but he meant it since a lot of corruption in lower courts is about getting a delay, rather than getting an acquittal. This is because delays always work in favour of defendants, whether it means ensuring that witnesses do not turn up, or by making them eligible for bail depending on the crime and how much time has lapsed since arrest. Chief Justice Chaudhry very rightly pointed out that such delays afflicted the criminal judicial system. Politeness may have prevented him stating that the ineptness of the police in preparing cases and the recourses the law had provided to guard against police excesses which lawyers misuse for their clients, but their role in the failure to convict criminals cannot be ignored. However, if the superior judiciary is insistent on the reform of the judicial system, this should be a subject of rejoicing, though it means the judiciarys upholding of the actions of the executive might well be past. Chief Justice Chaudhry must also make sure that the process of judicial reform is not rolled back. This might mean going into detail on how the system, instead of improving with time, fell back from its basic function of delivering justice. That justice was neither cheap nor swift was another matter, though it is possible to discern the seeds of deterioration in that absence. However, whatever the results of such an exercise, that should not stop us wishing the judiciary well in its task.