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Iftikhar Chaudhry
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File photo/Online

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry presided over on Friday a meeting to review the performance of judicial officers regarding clearance of backlog and disposal of old cases.

The meeting organised here by the Sindh High Court was attended by judicial officers of Karachi and Malir districts.

The district and sessions judges gave a presentation about disposal of oldest cases in their respective districts.

The data revealed that up to Nov 15, 2012, in Karachi South some 727 old criminal and civil cases were pending while in Karachi West a total of 1868 criminal and civil cases were pending. In Karachi East, 324 old criminal and civil cases were pending while in Karachi Central 120 criminal and civil cases were pending. In Malir district, 50 old criminal and civil cases were pending.

The district and sessions judges assured Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry that they would achieve the target for disposal of oldest cases within the prescribed period – Dec 31, 2012.

In his address, the chief justice said that the district judiciary primarily represented the overall image of the judicial system to the general public.

“It is here that the litigant parties initially come into contact with the justice system.”

The    chief justice acknowledged the hard work put in by members of the district judiciary and said that in Sindh the issue of backlog still existed.

He also said that pendency in districts of Karachi was not so huge in view of the strength of judges and, as a matter of fact, the average pendency before each judge came to around 493 cases which was not a difficult task and was achievable.

Encouraging judicial officers, he said the institution of judiciary had come under the spotlight because of the hard work and dedicated efforts by all judges and independence and impartial dispensation of justice had reposed confidence of the public in judiciary and, consequently, more and more litigants were now approaching courts for resolution of their disputes and redressal of their grievances.—APP

Comments (5) Closed

Muhammad Salim Dec 01, 2012 12:47pm
let these corrupt district and session judges be asked to declare their and thier dependents total assets every year.
ram Dec 01, 2012 03:36am
Begin from home....Statement a day is not a solution!
Jahanzeb Khan Dec 01, 2012 01:27pm
Be their advisor??? Can You??
akhter husain Dec 01, 2012 06:09pm
The justice ,specially the quality of justice need not be measured by number of cases disposed of but by the judgments that are not over turned at higher courts and the time taken to arrive at the decisions is not a day more than required.This can only be guaranteed when quality persons are managing the system specially at the initial levels..
TAHIR MAHMOOD Dec 01, 2012 07:45am
Despite the enactment of section 19 of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance 2002, some Banking Judges are still sticking to the practice of service of initiation of execution proceedings on the Judgment debtors. The section 19 clearly enjoins that no fresh service is needed to be served and the suit shall be converted in to execution proceedings. I am unable to understand why the judges refuse to folow section 19 and keep the execution proceedings in fresh service on the judgment debtors for a long time. As the judgment debtors were defendants in the suit the dcree of which is to be executed, putting the decree holder in the cost and inconvenience of serving the notice of initiation of execution is beyond comprhension. Because of refusal of the judges to follow section 19 the execution proceedings remain dormant for unbearable long time.