LAHORE -MIAN DAWOOD - The Punjab judiciary and lawyers have expressed their resolve to stay away from strikes over minor issues to help people get speedy justice.

The provincial judges and lawyers expressed this resolve during a symposium held under Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial at the Committee Room on Saturday.

Judges of LHC and lower courts as well as advocate general, inspector general of police and representatives of lawyers’ bodies attended the conference, which was organised following the identification of problems of litigants, their causes and solution to problems under sections 22-A, 22-B, 497 and 498 of CrPC.

Speaking at the moot, LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said: “Since the judges and lawyers hold a prime position of great responsibility, they should strive to help justice-seekers,” he added.

The chief justice advised the judges to go by the Islamic principles under all circumstances since they are answerable to the Allah Almighty. He directed the sessions judges to write objective annual confidential reports (ACRs) of subordinate judges.

Later, Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Akbar Ali Dogar and Punjab Bar Council Vice Chairman Malik Ghulam Abbas Nissoana told the TheNation that they had assured the chief justice of persuading the lawyers to avoid going on strikes over minor issues for provision of speedy justice. They, however, said protest over national issues would go on. “The lawyers will go on strikes only in a district where any issue surface,” they said. The decisions were made as justice seekers face deep troubles due to strikes by the lawyers.

The symposium also decided to initiate action against the litigants who got involved in frivolous applications and police officers who disobey court orders. A participant said on condition of anonymity that disciplinary proceedings would be initiated against defiant officers under section 155 of the Police Order 2002 while action would be taken against litigants under section 182, 211 and 250 for filing frivolous applications.