Justice Kayani calls for reforming legal system

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad High Court Judge Justice Mohsin Kayani said that legislative process and law framing in Pakistan appear to be the product of ‘cut and paste’ psyche. He stated this while addressing the participants of the certificate awarding ceremony at the conclusion of a one-week course on “New Laws” here at the Federal Judicial Academy on Saturday. He stressed the need for the key players of administration of justice system to acquire knowledge, develop skills and abilities to promptly dispense justice to the litigant public.

Justice Kayani said: “The available evidences indicate that our legal and judicial system inherits the defects, deficiencies, distortions, loopholes and lacunas.” “All these faults make the judicial process complex and cumbersome and hinder effective administration of justice. We must reform our legal and judicial system to administer speedy justice to the litigant,” he added. Dwelling at length on the importance of new laws such as Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Laws, Protection of Women Against Violence, Anti-money Laundering Act, Cyber Crimes Environmental Legislation, Alterative Disputes Resolution (ADR), he encouraged the young judicial officers to use an Alternative Dispute Resolution procedure and facilitating the use of such a procedure and also use technology.

Presenting his welcome speech and an overview of the training course, Fakhar Hayat, Director General of the Academy said that the judges do not make law but only apply it. Therefore, you have to apply all laws and knowledge gained from here effectively to give relief to the litigant public.

At the end, the chief guest awarded certificates to the twenty-six Civil Judges-cum-Magistrates from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the ceremony.


Published by: The Nation