Justice delayed is justice denied

Waqas Bangash

‘Justice delayed is justice denied’. This is one of the basic and the most important principles of the judicial system. The importance of quick dispensation of justice is obvious and it has positive and strong effects on the society. If justice is delayed, crime is encouraged and the society gets ruined. A British politician and Judicial officer said; “It is acknowledged that if a case is delayed, memories fade out of documents and witness may be lost”.
But justice is not limited to a simple case. It should be practiced at every level of the society. It is a responsibility at every level. Every one of us is responsible and answerable for the responsibility he/she is given. A man appeals for justice when he is oppressed and if justice is not provided to him in time, it is of no use to him later. In other words justice is decayed for him. So we can say that “Justice delayed is Justice decayed”.
When a man, living his life in a democratic and functional state, searches for the lamp of justice and does not find it, he becomes agitated. As a whole people start committing sins and crimes, the non-availability of justice results in increase rate of crimes. Justice can also be thought of as a religious responsibility. Our religion has produced the best example of justice in history when Hazrat Umar, the ruler of his time, was brought to the court when a case was filed against him. The judge gave the verdict against him and said that if he did not accept his decision he would behead him with his own sword. This also shows that justice should be provided without any prejudice and bias.
The importance of justice can be summarized in a simple example. Suppose you are walking in the open air when rains comes down heavily and you take time in opening your umbrella. Ultimately, the umbrella is open and is right on your head but you are already soaked. The umbrella could not do for you what it was meant for. Justice is just like an umbrella which must be opened before it becomes too late to do what it was meant for.
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