Reforms in KP District Judicial System is about to Launch

Mr. Justice Yahya Afridi, Hon’ble the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court said that reforms in District Judicial System would soon be introduced in the district judiciary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. District Judicial Secretariat in Peshawar High Court would be established in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with mandate to facilitate district judiciary, litigants and lawyers through different interventions and roles after approval from the Administrative Committee Peshawar High Court and Provincial Government. All District and Sessions Judges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have agreed in the establishment of District Judiciary Secretariat based in Peshawar High Court in 2nd District and Session Judges one day Workshop held on 15th July in local Hotel Nathia Gali. Governance & Policy Project of multi donors trust funds administered by World Bank and implemented by P&DD Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa supports the Reforms initiatives of Peshawar High Court.

Mr. Justice Yahya Afridi, Hon’ble the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court, Hon’ble Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, and Hon’ble Justice Muhammad Ayub Khan and Hon’ble Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Khan Registrar Peshawar High Court Mr. Muhammad Salim Khan, Member Inspection Team Mr. Sharif, Director General Judicial Academy Mr. Masood Khan and District and Sessions Judges, selected Additional District Session Judges, Senior Civil Judges and Civil Judges from all districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have participated in the workshop.Mr Salim Khan Registrar, Dr Khurshid Iqbal Legal Draftsman and DG Academy Mr Masood Khan have presented the new proposed reforms, district judicial secretariat and amendment in rules including promotion,transfer,posting and recruitments of the District Judiciary. The district and sessions judges proposed some changes in the proposed reforms and agreed on the establishment of district judiciary.

The proposed reforms will provide scientific lines for oversight, compliance management, citizen facilitation and communication, grievance redress mechanism, integrity management, internal audit and analysis capability in district judiciary.

The Chief Justice said in his opening remarks that he has three options in the operation the affairs of district judiciary either he shall continue as it was or take along reforms and drive the judiciary at the level of international standards where the functions of the judiciary do provide services the level of utmost satisfactions of beneficiaries of the district judiciary.

The existing system would be replaced with District Judiciary Secretariat with its four departments including Ethics and Integrity Management, Operation Management (Planning & Development, Administration & Finance, and Communication), Service Delivery Monitoring & Evaluation, Human Resources and Welfare. The Secretary of the Secretariat will lead the Secretariat and four departments with deputy secretary will lead their concerned department. The purpose of reforms is give citizen services to justice more efficient, transparent and early disposal. The new system will be technology friendly where the monitoring and accessibility, research and development would be made easier.

Technology, monitoring, evaluations, performance, efficiency and According to the press release, the chief justice while addressing a ceremony said that the reforms would be introduced through an act. He also stressed the need for using modern technology in providing justice to the people and said that a video link system would be introduced in this regard.

“The purpose of reforms is to make citizens access to justice easier,” the press release quoted him as saying.