The National Assembly on Thursday passed the Costs of Litigation Bill, 2016 aimed at empowering courts to impose costs to discourage false and frivolous litigation and unnecessary adjournment.
Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid piloted the bill on behalf of Federal Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar in the House.
The minister said thousands of cases were pending before the court and unnecessary adjournment further led to piling of more cases. He said the bill would help discourage unnecessary adjournment and false and frivolous cases. The minister said it was an important bill and it was yet another step to provide speedy and inexpensive justices to people at their door steps which was also part of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) election manifesto.—NNI