PROMISE

Legal Reforms to Revolutionize Access to Justice

Led by:

Federal Law Minister

Initiative:

“Launch PTI’s Judicial reform programme to ensure speedy and fair disposal of all civil
cases within one year, and to clear backlog of pending cases”

Milestones of Federal Government 

  • Civil Law and Criminal Law Reforms Taskforces created - Complete
  • Review of Civil Laws completed to recommend amendments to achieve expeditions and
    adjudication of Civil cases - Complete
  • Initiate draft legislation for Civil procedure – Complete
  • Initiation of Criminal Law reforms – Complete
  • Review of substantive laws completed and procedures in relation to the issuance of letters and
    succession certificates - Complete
  • Legal Vetting of Disability, Corporal Punishment and Torture Bill – Complete
  • Finalisation of legislation for setting Legal Aid Authority under the Ministry of Human Rights - Complete 

Progress update for first 100 days:  

The reforms of the justice system in order to ensure the expeditious and judicious disposal of cases,
and access to justice for the common man is a key component of the PTI vision.

Consequently, the government has initiated a comprehensive legal reform agenda. Further to this, the Law Ministry is
ready to launch draft legislation including the following proposed bills:

  • The Civil Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill, 2018 – to combat delays in civil litigation
  • Legal Aid and Justice Authority Bill, 2018 – to ensure access to justice through legal and
    financial assistance for the underprivileged
  • Mutual Legal Assistance Bill, 2018 – to assist with recovery of unlawful wealth held abroad
  • Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Bill, 2018
  • Service Tribunals (Amendment) Bill, 2018 - to streamline resolution of service related disputes
  • Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Bill, 2018 - authorising NADRA to
    directly issue succession certificates as opposed to a lengthy legal process
  • Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill - to establish a mechanism for the public to report corruption 

Next steps: 

Launch legal reforms programme in December 2018
Table bills in National and Provincial Assemblies 


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