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Law secretary seeks lawyers’ suggestions

ISLAMABAD - Federal Secretary Law and Justice, Barrister Zafarullah Khan, on Saturday asked the legal fraternity of Islamabad High Court Bar Association and local bar to give suggestions for declaring Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) into constitutionally recognised status of a province.
Speaking to the members of Islamabad Bar Association (IBA), the secretary pointed out that all over the world lawyers have role to improve legal procedure for an effective administration of justice, being technical experts on the legal subject.
Describing measures to address the backlog in the courts, Barrister Khan cited example of developed countries saying courts constitute commissions of senior lawyers of the Bars to hear criminal and civil cases to assist a bench in order to resolve pendency.
He said that dispensation of justice could be ensured by adopting contemporary approaches of Management Information System (MIS) in legal framework as it is prevalent in developed countries; adding that lawyers suggestions and recommendations could be supportive to devise the policy to improve legal procedural mechanism.
The secretary categorically said that young lawyers need to be trained effectively by their seniors whereas the government should also play its role.
He pledged to entertain applications of 50 women and men lawyers for panels to represent state in different cases.
The IBA appreciated the announcement of Secretary Law for young lawyers training and engagement to represent the state in cases, saying it will not only provide opportunity to individuals but it will also provide legal remedies to the litigants without delay.
President IBA Syed Anwar Shah, former President and Advocate Supreme Court Haroon Rashid, Advocate High Court Sharafat Chaudhry and Secretary Islamabad High Court Bar Association Mohammad Haseeb appreciated the efforts of Federal Secretary Law to speed up the process to send bill of Islamabad Bar Council to Parliament.

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