CJs sign MoU to improve judicial standards
08 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The chief justice of Pakistan and the chief justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for bilateral cooperation, improving capacity and performance of judicial institutions by setting up performance standards.
The MoU was signed at the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Justice and NJPMC Chairman Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The meeting was held at the Committee Room of the Supreme Court building.
Justice Chaudhry hoped the signing of the MoU would help improve the administration of justice. He said: "I am confident that this association would be a hallmark for strengthening the administration of justice in both states."
AJK Chief Justice Muhammad Azam Khan said in the past, there was no formal interaction between the judiciaries of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan, however, after the restoration of the independent judiciary in Pakistan, the chief justice of Pakistan provided them with an opportunity to participate in the meetings of the NJPMC and observe the impact of the National Judicial Policy.
"This informal interaction allows the AJK judiciary to apply the strategies provided in the National Judicial Policy for clearing the backlog. "After realising the results, we decided to institutionalise this informal interaction by signing the MoU for bilateral cooperation," he said. He hoped the MoU would play an important role in strengthening the administration of justice in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He thanked the members of the NJPMC for their cooperation.
Earlier, in his keynote address, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said the administration of justice was a pre-requisite for the rule of law in a society and the judiciary plays central role in promoting social justice by shielding the rights of every citizen. He said with each passing day the level of confidence in the judiciary was increasing and in this regard the National Judicial Policy had played an important role.
The chief justice said the expeditious and impartial dispensation of justice increases the sense of security in a society by reducing the risk of conflicts, which has a crucial role for socio-economic development.
"I feel no hesitation in saying that the National Judicial Policy has played an important role in enhancing the confidence of people in the ability of courts for the resolution of their disputes. The results of the policy are encouraging and have had a good impact on the overall system of administration of justice." The committee would meet again today (Sunday) to discuss the remaining agenda items.