‘Setting up of courts in tribal districts is top priority’

PESHAWAR: The registrar of Peshawar High Court (PHC) has said that they have timely informed the provincial government about the human resource, financial and logistic requirements to make courts functional within these merged districts as par aspiration and demand of the local population.

Registrar Khawaja Wajih-Ud- Din said that establishment of courts newly merged districts have been the top priority of Chief Justice for which three-dimensional strategy has been chalked out comprising of immediate intervention, mid-term action plan and long-term plan.

The registrar said that under mid-term action plan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy has been assigned compilation of prevailing customs in tribal districts in a compendium form, recruitment and training of staff, providing infrastructure for courts and staff.

The PHC registrar was addressing a press conference about the performance of the District Judiciary and PHC during first two quarters (September 2018 – February 2019) of the performance year. He added that concerted efforts and planning has been carried out by the Secretariat District Judiciary in line with the vision of Chief Justice PHC to clear the backlog of cases. “Our plan and methodology are showing positive results as backlog has been reduced below 200000 cases”, he said.

Sharing data of institutions and disposal of cases after the implementation of the Unity Policy at District Judiciary to gauge the performance of Judicial Officers, Worthy Registrar said that total recorded pendency at the end of September 2018 was recorded 204958 which have been reduced to 199,365 cases during last six months.

He said that overall 241,915 cases were instituted and 244,181 cases were disposed of from September 2018 to February 2019 in the District Judiciary. Likewise, PHC, disposed of 17,860 cases against the total institution of 15, 967 for the same time period. Overall pendency recorded at end of September 2018 was 37,952 which was reduced to 35,761 cases in two quarters of the performance year.

The registrar said that hectic efforts were being made to reduce the pendency by 25 to 30 per cent by the end of August 2019 which would be a great achievement. He said that PHC has prepared “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Service Act, 2018”, to streamline  District Judiciary and sent the Act for government’s approval in November 2018 and he hoped that government would expedite the process for early promulgation of the Act,  adding that establishment of the Secretariat  the District Judiciary was also part of the Act.

He informed that a committee has been constituted for monitoring midterm action plan which includes PSO to Chief Justice, Deputy Secretary, representative of the provincial government and SP Litigation, representative of I.G KP. Giving details about five-year long term plan (2018-23), he said that PC-II costing Rs. 11559.97 billion has been approved for construction of Judicial Complexes in seven NMDs and construction of 25 Tehsil Judicial Complexes.

He said that a total of 412 cases have been instituted in courts of all newly merged districts till 21 March 2019 which is reflecting the trust of people in the judicial system.

Khawaja Wajih-ud- Din said that digitalization and cases Flow Management Information System (CFMIS)  has been introduced in four districts that are  Mansehra, Abbottabad, Torghar and Swat to integrate these district with PHC to capture real-time data and cases update information.  He said that CFMIS system would be extended to seven more districts under the pilot project.

He said that Video Conferencing technology had been initiated for simultaneously holding timely and swift meetings and conferences with District and Sessions Judges and getting their feedback on key issues.

He said Small Claims and Minor Offences Courts have been operationalized in all 27 districts of the province for early disposal of all those civil and criminal cases that fall within the category of Small Claim and Minor Offences (SCMO) with an aim to provide inexpensive and expeditious justice.

 

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