Legal reforms on card for speedy disposal of civil, criminal cases

Ijaz Kakakhel

The lawmakers of Lower House of Parliament on Wednesday was informed that the government has initiated legal reforms to ensure just and expeditious disposal of civil and criminal cases.

Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bokhari expressed these views in Naitonal Assembly while replying during question hours.

She said the government has also introduced legislation including Code of Civil Procedure Amendment Act, Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Act, the Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Act and Legal Aid and Justice Authority Act.

She said the Ministry of Law and Justice has deliberated with relevant stakeholders and will soon introduce Criminal Law Reforms Bill to strengthen the criminal justice system.

A question raised by PML-N lady legislator Tahira Aurangzeb and which was not being replied and deferred from one year, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bokhari told the house that the Ministry has written letters to the Registrar of Supreme Court to get information but replied was not received so far.

“We cannot compel the Apex Court to give reply. However, the Law Secretary is in contact with the Registrar in the regard,” she said. She said that the information is not available in the Ministry as setting up of Model Courts is not the initiative of the Federal Government.

She said that the Model Courts are administered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, therefore, the Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan and the Federal Judicial Academy have been requested, to provide the requisite information, vide this Division’s letters dated 7th February, 2020, 26th February, 2020, 1st April, 2020, 29th April, 2020, 3rd June, 2020, 10th July, 2020, 4th September, 2020, 23rd November, 2020, 21st January, 2021, 19th February, 2021, 05th April, 2021, 14th June, 2021, 2nd August, 2021, 30th August, 2021 and 14th October, 2021.

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