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The mobile court will keep moving in different parts of KP to provide justice at the doorsteps of citizens. -Photo by PPI
The mobile court will keep moving in different parts of KP to provide justice at the doorsteps of citizens. -Photo by PPI

PESHAWAR: Inaugurating the first mobile court in the country here on Saturday, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan said that the Constitution had made it mandatory for the state to provide speedy and inexpensive justice to citizens, but the state institutions never paid serious attention to this constitutional obligation.

The chief justice inaugurated a specially-designed Mobile Court coach parked on the premises of the high court in a ceremony attended by judicial officers, lawyers and representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The UNDP has been extending financial and technical support to this project, started on the high court’s initiative.

The spacious coach comprises several portions, including a small courtroom, judge’s chamber, driver’s cabin, litigants’ waiting section etc. The air-conditioned coach has three modes of provision of electric power – from generator, a solar energy panel and from normal electricity connection when it is parked near such a facility. The special green coach was stated to be prepared at a cost of Rs15 million.

A civil judge cum judicial magistrate, Fazal Wadud, started the proceedings of the court by hearing six cases, five of criminal nature and one civil dispute.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy’s director general Hayat Ali Shah said that so far they had imparted training to eight judicial officers and 16 lawyers to run the mobile courts. He stated that initially the critics of this project believed that it could not be accomplished, but now that dream had transformed into reality.

The PHC chief justice had floated the idea of mobile courts after he assumed the charge in Nov 2011. Under this project, the judicial officers and other court officials would visit far away areas in different districts and decide cases there so as to provide justice to people at their doorsteps. The high court is planning to set up 11 mobile courts in the province; four in the central districts, two each in Hazara and southern districts and three in Malakand division.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the chief justice said that now they would be providing justice at the doorsteps of people.

He stated that the idea of mobile courts was sacred as the justice system would be itself in search of the oppressed class.

“The inability of masses to bring their disputes to the courts due to a number of reasons, including the cost of litigation, lack of resources and cumbersome legal procedure, has prompted us to establish mobile courts and provide quick and inexpensive justice to poor people,” he said.

The chief justice stated that to introduce ADR (alternate dispute resolution) as supplementary to the formal justice system, a course was designed for the judges and lawyers of mobile courts.

He stated that the concept of mobile courts read that decision of a case and resolving a dispute were two different things. The former, he said, meant a compulsory ruling and the latter referred to uprooting differences.

“A society can only prosper when differences are uprooted as formal rulings may result into an endless chain of legal battles causing mental anxiety, physical discomfort and financial worries.”

Justice Dost Mohammad stated that timely intervention of mobile courts would enable the parties concerned to settle amicably all kinds of civil and criminal disputes in their very start. He added that on the one hand it would put at rest the disputes and conflicts bringing peace and tranquility in the society, on the other financial resources being wasted could be saved by the parties.

He stated that early resolution of disputes, if timely attended by the mobile courts, would plug the heavy inflow of lawsuits in regular courts. This would reduce considerable burden on the regular courts and the backlog crisis would be brought down to a great extent.

The chief justice lamented that they had drafted and referred two proposed laws to the department concerned for its presentation in the provincial assembly, but unfortunately the previous government paid no heed and the draft was still yet to be presented to the provincial legislature.

UNDP country director Marc Andre stated that the mobile court project was the vision of the Peshawar High Court, while the UNDP had been playing a support role in it. He said that these courts would bring a positive change in the judicial system as the project was aimed at providing speedy and cheap justice to people at their doorsteps.

Comments (21) Closed

Bilal Akbar Jul 28, 2013 05:38pm

Hmmm, Interesting....

Amjad Wyne Jul 28, 2013 05:40pm

Now the nation must find honest judges and capable lawyers that, for a change, are interested in improving the system.

ASIM Jul 28, 2013 06:30pm

The stationary Courts have failed to provide speedy justice what can be expected out of a mobile court.

what if the justice tires gets punctured ?

romm Jul 28, 2013 08:07pm

it would be preceded by Mobile Suo Moto Van.

Gerry D'Cunha Jul 28, 2013 08:57pm

what a joke to the nation to give justice in a mobile court - for 65 years justice has never been bestored on poor people of pakistan and do they expect justice in future? sorry!!!!

A.M. Jul 28, 2013 09:01pm

An excellent idea to bring court to the masses to resolve their disputes. Justice system in the West is expensive therefore it is not a justice-system , West should learn from it.

Faisal Jul 28, 2013 09:16pm

V good idea and good news for people of remote areas who never had access to PHC due to lack of resources. Now they can benefit from the Mobile justice at their door steps.

Dr. Sher Afzal Khan Jul 29, 2013 12:27am

I want to Know about the criteria of its working. How some Body Can get justice. would it be through traditional way or it approach will be different ? Also how some Body Can get Call this Mobile court to his area to provide justice to him? Would this has final decision or will just enter every Body in court hectic System.

Zia Jul 29, 2013 01:31am

very nice effort...keep it up :)

Muhammad Farooq Jul 29, 2013 01:57am

The idea is terrific. I hope it will meet the stated objectives. Now Prime Minister and ministers should let go some of their security personnel to protect this mobile court.

fazal Karim Jul 29, 2013 03:18am

Tha 15 million rupees buses will be lying in junk yard in two years time.

ali Jul 29, 2013 04:16am

Excellent.. This should be expanded to other towns of the country ASAP.There should however be enough security to protect people from the terrorist taliban and rival parties from fighting with each other.

S. Imam Jul 29, 2013 04:43am

What is the purpose behind and how a mobile court would improve the justice system?

Muhammad Riyaz Jul 29, 2013 04:57am

Hope, it will work and bureaucracy and corrupt forces will not succeed to counter the great effect of a major step towards cheap and immediate remedies of the people. Another major step is the execution of the FIR through internet. If successful, the other provinces will be forced by their people to follow the same.

Time has come to take a step to make police as an institution free from government and political influences. Also the pay structure for the police be upgraded, as in current pay structure it is almost impossible for a police personal to even survive.

Only major problem Pakistan faces is CORRUPTION. Eradicate this problem and all the major issues Pakistan is facing will be resolved. With the competition between KKP and Punjab Governments to provide the best to their people, a very +ve outcome will emerge and will bring prosperity in the two provinces, the ultimate result will affect the other two provinces also. And as a major outcome will affect eventually a net +ve effect on Pakistan as a whole.

G.A. Jul 29, 2013 08:27am

That's really commendable and out of the box thinking for Pakistan. However, with all the lawlessness lets just hope that nobody steals this bus.

rani Jul 29, 2013 01:15pm

this is really a good step hope for the best

Arslan Jul 29, 2013 01:43pm

Its good move. I hope it will succeed

Naeem Syed Jul 29, 2013 02:04pm

Not a bad idea of Justice going to the people instead of People going to overworked, Overcrowded, Under performing Courts. Next we will see mobile Motor Cycle Courts with Judges dressed as Judge Dredd.

The idea is a novel one and will gain traction if handled with Honesty, Speed and exemplary dedication. These Courts need to be accessible to the common man for quick and easy resolution of their grievance also they would need an added security net around them. them to make them safe.

Afnan Ahmed Jul 29, 2013 02:36pm

It is a good step and should be applauded. I hope it works well.

Parvez Jul 29, 2013 04:47pm

We are a nation who are told that democracy comes through now they say that justice comes on a bus......same same.

Mustafa Jul 29, 2013 11:01pm

The most shameful part of this joke is that we deserve it.