Doubtlessly, an efficient justice system is what allows citizens and businesses to trust in the functioning of a state and its institutions and it is this trust that allows growth and investment. However, training for judges, prosecutors, attorneys and court personnel has remained a priority of all judicial academies, both, Federal and Judicial Academy, Islamabad, and provincial academies, in the country.
Whenever I have had the opportunity to visit any friends or my students, many of them working as judicial officers and young lawyers, in different district court complexes in my home province Sindh and also in the Federal Capital, Islamabad, they all look haggard and lazy, most of them are more interested in making money and deals then dispensing justice.
The staff working as notaries, bailiffs and court peons are animated and alive when they see someone from whom they can get money, but otherwise the staff is reluctant to do any work. The movement of a single document from the table to the judge can take hours, wasting precious time in a country that needs to put its resources to work. The poor performance shows that they are in dire need of professional training in dealing with the litigant public as well as motivational training. There seems to be no internship or trial period for these youngsters who barely know how to write a proper legal document.
I believe that they need proper training with relevant bodies, especially, in capacity building national. International organizations are requested to place special emphasis on the training of all legal practitioners including court judicial staff, lawyers, solicitors, notaries, bailiffs and mediators for an effective, easy and expeditious administration of justice in Pakistan.
HASHIM ABRO,
Islamabad, October 28.