Islamabad - The mandate of judiciary is to provide expeditious, fair and impartial justice as the delayed justice creates a sense of insecurity and a culture of intolerance, besides giving rise to a chaos in the society.

Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, a judge of Supreme Court, said that in the certificate-awarding ceremony at the conclusion of a one-week training course on “New Laws” for civil judges-cum-judicial magistrates from all over Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

Speaking about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws, he said, “We are living in the age of globalization and the importance and relevance of IPR laws was growing with every passing day. Our courts play a vital role to protect the intellectual property rights and we will continue to do so because we are aware of the fact that the protection and promotion of IPRs attract investment in the country.”

He said piracy and counterfeiting impede investment and damage the economy, therefore, courts have to play their desired role effectively to discourage such like harmful phenomena and practices in our country because Pakistan is a growing economy and investment is crucial for growth and development.

Regarding social media he said that an effective mechanism is required for an ethical, moralistic and professional application of the social media in the society so that it may not play havoc with the character and credibility of any citizen, in particular women who become an easy target of the sleazy and scandalous social media campaigns.

The judge also enlightened the young judicial officers with the benefits of alternative dispute resolution and said that ADR mechanisms were the need of the hour to dispense speedy justice to the parties and discourage an influx of frivolous petitions to the courts. “By using ADR mechanisms, we can reduce cases piling up in our courts where some petty, small cases can be settled by the trained ADR experts/elders, relieving courts of case backlog,” he observed.

Extending a wise word of advice to young judicial officers he said, “A judge must at all times maintain an appropriate judicial temperament. A judge should always maintain and enforce high standards of conduct. A judge must be graceful in his talk, walk and work. You must cultivate all those qualities of a good judge among yourselves and become role models for others in society.”

On the occasion, he also floated a few very productive and futuristic proposals such as the creation of ADR training centre in the FJA, declaring every workplace as sub police station so that swift action may be taken against those who harass women at workplace.

As per practice, at the outset, Dr Faqir Hussain, DG of the academy, presented his welcome speech and an overview of the training course.

He spoke about the professional activism of the chief guest, his milestone attainments as the then chief justice of Peshawar High Court, especially, the establishment of KP Provincial Judicial Academy and his passion for the capacity of the district judiciary judges on modern lines.