Bar: Lawyers term NJPMC’s directives about disposal of cases as impracticable

ISLAMABAD: Terming the National Judicial Policy Making Committee’s NJPMC directive to the subordinate judiciary to dispose of all old pending cases until December 31 this year as impracticable, the lawyers’ representatives across the country demanded the Committee on Monday to review its decision as it could prejudice to the basic requirements of dispensation of justice.

Talking to PPI, Pakistan Bar Council’s PBC executive committee chairman Burhan Moazzam Malik said the deadline set by the NJPMC for subordinate judiciary to dispose of all the old pending cases by December 31, 2012, was as impracticable.

In such a way, he said the subordinate judiciary, being under tremendous pressure already, would be compelled to speed up disposal of cases by adopting short cuts prejudice to the basic requirements of dispensation of justice.

Commenting on the issue, Supreme Court Bar Association’s SCBA president as well as other senior lawyers including Khalid Anwar Dr Khalid Ranjha, Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood, Ahmad Raza Qasuri, Muhammad Akram Sheikh and Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry also endorsed the stance taken by the PBC’s executive committee chairman over the issue.

The PBC’s executive committee had also held a meeting a few days back to consider the situation arising out of the NJPMC’s directive. The committee was of the view that the directive was impracticable. The committee has also decided to hold an All Pakistan Lawyers’ Representatives Conference on Dec 20 to further consider the issue and take a uniformed stand of the legal fraternity over the matter.