Reform the Criminal Justice System & Provide Speedy Access to Justice
Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
We will launch a judicial reforms programme that will provide speedy and quality justice for all citizens.
Laws and procedures in Pakistan are weak, archaic, ineffective and have been amended in a piecemeal manner. Weak implementation of laws and procedures has led to delays in case resolutions. In addition, capacity constraints have resulted in a national caseload backlog of over 2 million cases.
We will work with the judiciary to champion a programme to rapidly dispense the backlog of existing cases, through providing necessary resources and tracking systems.
We will champion reforms in the Code of Civil Procedure in consultation with High Courts to ensure speedy justice, in line with KP reforms, to dispose all civil court cases within a timeframe of one year.
We will also propose amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code to reduce procedural delays. Additionally, we will also promote access to justice by amending outdated laws.
We will carry out an audit of existing federal and provincial women protection laws to identify gaps and undertake legal reforms as part of our commitment to women empowerment.
We will support reform initiatives to improve the operational performance of courts. This will include supporting courts to digitize case records, case management reforms, and the establishment of an institution to provide free legal aid to needy litigants as well as to vulnerable groups like women, juveniles, and minorities.
We will reform our prison system by upgrading existing infrastructure and ensure human rights are not violated. Moreover, we will establish separate special juvenile detention centers and prisons for women.
We will modernize parole rules with necessary checks and balances so that jails can be transformed into reformatories entailing a duty of the state to rehabilitate prisoners housed in jails for more than a year.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Find below the expert`s analysis on the progress of above promise :