ISLAMABAD - A mind-boggling number of cases, estimated to be one million, pending in the courts in Pakistan demands that various steps and mechanisms such as Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (ADRMs) and discouraging frivolous ligation required to reduce the pendency of cases.

Justice Nasirul Mulk, a judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, expressed these views in the certificate-awarding ceremony on the conclusion of a one-week orientation on “court and case management and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Laws in Pakistan” for Civil Judge/Judicial Magistrates from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir here at the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad. India has an alarming number of pending cases, more than ten million, but they have developed a system of alternative dispute resolution what they call “Lok Adalat” system. Singapore has also developed a community-based system, which helps in reducing the pendency.

“We have to learn from all such countries and have to put in practice all those ways and means to reduce pendency and impart speedy justice to the litigant public. However, I appreciate the commitment of young judicial officers to the enforcement of Rule of Law and speedy justice to people.” Justice Nasir said that in the wake of growing population, increasing awareness of rights and people’s confidence in the judiciary have witnessed a tremendous spurt in litigation but unfortunately the number of judges and the courts have not increased that much as required in the country to cope with the swelling number of litigation.

He lamented the factors including social, psychological, biological, physical such as idleness and ego which fuel litigation in the subcontinent countries? It, indeed, is a complex and comprehensive subject and calls for an extensive research but what you are required as young judicial officers is to control frivolous litigation and use all modern skills to impart speedy justice to the litigant public.”