LHC CJ says: Commissions useless if findings not implemented

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 6:00:10 by

LAHORE, April 21: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has showed concern over non-implementation of judicial commission’s recommendations in the past and anticipates that the government may also opt for a judicial inquiry into the Rawalpindi plane crash due to public pressure.

However, the chief justice said there would be no use of the inquiry if findings and recommendations of the judicial commission were not implemented in letter and spirit.

There was no need of forming such commissions if their recommendations were not to be followed, he said and also expressed his grief over the loss of human lives in the tragic plane crash.

The chief justice was addressing a concluding ceremony of the capacity building in-service training course for additional district and sessions judges of Punjab at the Judicial Academy here on Saturday.

He said heavy investment was being made on holding these refresher courses in terms of time and money. He stressed upon the course participants to make full use of this exercise and deliver in the present circumstances and available infrastructure. The chief justice said results of these capacity-building courses should be result-oriented and there would be no compromise on the quality and quantity of judgments.

He said improvement of the judicial system in Punjab was of a paramount importance for improving whole judicial structure of Pakistan because 84 per cent of the litigation belonged to Punjab.

He stated that the rule of law could not be dreamt in the country without following the principles and law of the land. “In fact we have abandoned the culture of going by the book and resultantly there is no rule of law,” the CJ regretted.

He was of the view that for building confidence among people it was prerequisite that masses should be confident that every accused would get punishment as per law.

Justice Saeed advised the participant judges not to go for merely number game by disposing of more cases rather they should decide cases on the basis of sound evidence and according to constitution/law. He also disliked blatant use of discretionary powers as law did not permit use of these powers at will.

Punjab Judicial Academy director general Justice Tanvir Ahmed Khan (retired) and Sadiq Masud Sabir, a representative of participants, also spoke on the occasion. Fateha was also offered for the martyrs of the plane crash.

Lahore News Sources

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