SC mulls over e-court system to reduce backlog

SC mulls over e-court system to reduce backlog
The Supreme Court of Pakistan. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 February 2019

SC mulls over e-court system to reduce backlog

SC mulls over e-court system to reduce backlog
  • More than 40,000 cases pending in Pakistan’s top court
  • It also recommended introduction of special benches for different categories

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has suggested introducing an e-court system at its principal seat in Islamabad as well as branch registries to provide video link faciliies for lawyers to argue their cases, according to a statement issued by the apex court on Wednesday.
In a full court meeting chaired by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, it was agreed that an e-court system should be established within the minimum possible period of time to facilitate lawyers and reduce the backlog of cases at the branch registries.
According to the statement, it was noted that between September and December 2018, the Supreme Court had heard 6,342 cases against the institution of 6,407 cases, with an additional 40,535 pending cases.
The meeting agreed that special benches should be constituted to deal with different categories of cases, “adjournments should be discouraged, appeals should be fixed in chronological order and reviews must be fixed in the next week subject to the availability of author judges.”
“The full court showed satisfaction over institution and disposal rate and discussed different strategies, ways and means to bring improvements in case management for effective and smooth functioning of the court and underlined the need to categorize the cases to diminish the backlog of cases and to make untiring efforts to improve the dispensation of justice,” the statement read.
Justice Khosa was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court on January 19. He has presided over 55,000 cases in his career spanning more than two decades.
Prior to assuming office, he had vowed to do his best to reduce the time taken in the delivery of justice at all levels of the judicial hierarchy.
There are about 1.9 million cases pending in the country before all the courts, according to data provided by the Supreme Court.