LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Wednesday said that by an effective implementation of National Judicial Policy, 29 districts in Punjab had achieved the target of disposing old cases filed till 2008. The district judiciary of the province was tasked to clear backlog of old cases till March 31, 2013. 

Only the districts of Lahore, Faisalabad, Jhang, Multan, Sahiwal, Sargodha and D.G Khan were lagging behind in meeting the target he said.  Through a letter written by the Registrar, District and Sessions Judges of these seven districts have been directed to give explanations for their respective districts.   

They have been further directed to proceed with all the old cases (filed upto 2008) on day to day basis and furnish the status of each case on daily basis to the National Judicial Policy Implementation Cell established at Lahore High Court, Lahore through E-mail.

A detailed proforma having columns for mentioning name of court, title of case, date of institution, status and next date of hearing has also been dispatched to the concerned Sessions Judges. If the concerned judicial officers face any problem at local level regarding disposal of old category cases, District and Sessions Judges of the these districts shall formulate a policy for effective management and prompt disposal of the said cases at their own end”, the Lahore High Court letter maintains.

They have further been directed to ensure the compliance of the directions of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial in letter and spirit as defiance shall entail strict action, the letter concludes.