Lahore: District Judiciary of the Punjab has successfully achieved the target of National Judicial Policy floated by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Judiciary was tasked to clear the backlog of oldest case i.e. filed before 2008 besides deciding fresh ones.
Now under the supervision of National Judicial Policy Implementation Cell established at Lahore High Court, eight districts including Mianwali, Toba Tek Singh, Bahawalnagar, Chakwal, Layyah, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Khushab have zero pendency of oldest cases whereas four district also are at the verge of touching the target because Hafizabad has only nine oldest cases, Jhelum 15 cases, Pakpattan 30 and Narowal 52 cases. Moreover Attock, Bhakkar, Chiniot, D.G.Khan, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Kasur, Khanewal, Mindi.Bhawaldin..Din, Nankana Sahib, Okara, R.Y.Khan, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Vehari, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Jhang and Multan districts have pending cases in three digits.
Disposal of oldest cases before the launching of National Judicial Policy was 4585 cases per month whereas after the induction of NJP the ratio became 11158 cases i.e. a historic three fold increase per month.
According to plan pending cases were divided into three categories i.e. oldest, old and new cases. During the year under review disposal of oldest cases upto 2008 is 68171, disposal of old cases upto 20-02-2011 is 216431 and disposal of new cases instituted with effect from 01-03-2011 is 1736206.
District judiciary has disposed 2020808 cases in the year 2012 with a meager strength of 1150 judges including 36 district and sessions judges, 248 additional district and sessions judges, 37 senior civil judges and 829 civil judges. Average disposal per judicial officer is 1757 cases and average disposal per month becomes 168400 cases.
Judges were advised to decide the cases on merit as per constitution and law of the land without fear or favour Judges topping the list of decided contested cases and that of compromise basis amongst the parties will get commendation certificates and laptops as a token of reward.
NJP Implementation cell has also appreciated the assistance rendered by the advocates.