PESHAWAR: The Registrar of Peshawar High Court (PHC) has said on Monday that the High court is ready to extend judicial system to the all the merged tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Khawaja Wajihuddin, Registrar of the PHC was addressing a press conference regarding the performance of District Judiciary and the PHC in the first quarter (September- November) of the performance year.

Wajihuddin said that the PHC has completed homework on the extension of judiciary to ex-FATA and requested the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to sanction required posts in order to establish Session/Civil Courts in the new districts.

The PHC, through a judgment, has declared the FATA Interim Governance Regulations (FIGR) illegal and directed the government to extend regular courts to all tribal districts. However, the KP government challenged the verdict in Supreme Court of Pakistan and sought six months time for replacing FIGR with regular legal system.

Sharing data of institutions and disposal of cases after the implementation of the Unit Policy at District Judiciary, The Registrar said that in the month of September 42, 942 cases were instituted while 37,042 cases were disposed of. Similarly in the month of October 43,663 cases were instituted and the disposal rate remained 105% with the disposal of 45,647 cases.

In the month of November, the disposal rate was 112% was achieved by disposing of 44, 947 against the instituted figure of 40, 265 cases. Overall pendency in the District Judiciary was reduced to 201,197.

“The goal of the performance year is to reduce the pendency by 25 to 30 per cent by the end of August 2019,” said Wajih Uddin.

Likewise, Peshawar High Court disposed of 3,230 cases against total 2.434 institutions with a disposal rate of 133 % in the month of October. In the month of September 2633 cases were instituted and 3,351 were disposed of with disposal rate of 127 %. The total pendency of 36, 436 was recorded in the month of November 2018.

He stated that statistics of the District Judiciary shows that if every judge in the district judiciary further improves performance by 5% in the remaining 9 months of the performance year we would be able to achieve the goal set at the performance year for clearance of the 25 per cent of the backlog.

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