PHC approves five-year performance policy to clear backlog

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Staff Reporter

Peshawar

Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday adopted new initiative by devising five years, “Performance & Monitoring Evaluation Policy” (2020-25), to promote transparency and consistency with a view to achieve the target of clearing the backlog and providing expeditious justice to improve the image of the judicial system.
After deliberations with the District Judiciary through Zoom Conferencing and their valuable feedback the policy was approved by the hon’ble Chief Justice and was launched.
The main objective of the policy was sustained clearance of backlog till end of August 2025 for which the Province has been divided into three Zones; A, B & C on the basis of projected and current institution and backlog.
The policy requires gradual reduction of backlog of cases from each zone annually on the ratio of 20, 30 & 100% respectively.
For the first time 220 judicial working days for each Judicial Officer have been worked out with specified required disposal ratio. The policy has prescribed monitoring of Judicial Officers at three levels. The targets of each district have been laid down in the policy which will enable each Judicial Officer at the end of month to assess his/her performance at individual level.