Justice sector worldwide, in general, is plagued with delay hampering expeditious decisions; similar scenario prevails in Asia and Pakistan, in particular. It has dawned upon me, through my experience as a Judge, that delay in administering justice in the society can not be attributed solely to Judiciary, rather all the segments of the society have to work in tandem to deliver Expedicious and inexpensive justice. An effort was made in 2017, while I was posted as District & Sessions Judge Attock, to harmonize the working of the Criminal Courts for the end result of swift decisions. In fact, the idea was conceived by his Lordship Mr. Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, the then Honourable Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan; which was warmly welcomed by Mr. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, the then Honourable Chief Justice Lahore High Court, Lahore. But, this experiment was limited to selective Districts of Punjab.
However, after assumption of charge Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan, desired that the Expeditious Justice Initiative, be implemented across width and breadth of Pakistan for all practical purposes. I dug into the sacred task as an esteemed duty.
Action Document was prepared at Federal Judicial Academy, translating vision of Hon’ble Chief Justice Pakistan, where mechanism of Model Courts was devised while introducing “Time Bound Criminal Trial Regime” through management and scheduling mechanism.
The object of the initiative is to reduce the shelf life of cases and provide Expedicious and inexpensive justice to the litigants, which is, evenotherwise, guaranteed by Constitution Of Islamic Republic Of Pakistan.
Monitoring and Evaluation Cell
Expeditious Justice Initiative